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Issue: News in Review 2007
Chapter: Headline News October 2007

The Headline News items which appeared in our Home Page news during the third week of October...

The week's news for 15 - 19 October 2007

The much-awaited Sappi International Printers of the Year winners received their awards in Boston, USA, on Friday evening, 12 October. You will find the announcement below (Sunday and Monday), with a link to see all the winners receiving their coveted bronze African Elephant prizes. Our sincere congratulations to all of this year's winners, and especially to Atlas Printers in Durban - this year's only African category winner for its Ponds Kit Box Packaging entry. In addition, the Triple Excellence award was presented to Johannesburg-based Hot Dot Print, which has won a Gold award in the General Print category for three consecutive years in the Africa regional awards.

To remain focused on matters environmental again this week, Complete Colour in Australia kicked off in the news on Monday with its latest purchase at IGAS of an alcohol-free Heidelberg Speedmaster long-perfector. Complete Colour's mandate is to be the ‘leading environmentally responsible printing company in Australia’ and the company's expanded plant in Melbourne is designed to reduce the impact of print production on the environment. The press will be equipped with an Eco Clean solvent recycling system which minimises the volume of solvent used and the resultant residue and waste materials. Heidelberg's own commitment to the environment and sustainability, for which the company has been awarded internationally, is clearly evident in the engineering of the SM102-10-P, making it one of the most environmentally friendly long perfector presses on the market.

Mediaprint in Austria made the news on Tuesday with beta trials and adoption of Agfa's very latest environmentally friendly chemistry-free non-ablative plate technology for its MAN Roland newspaper presses. The new violet plate eliminates the high-pH developers commonly used in platemaking, which again, is better for the environment and should be available commercially in time for release at Drupa next year. On Wednesday, FujiFilm and Presstek both make strong environmental statements in their latest successes with CTP and waterless DI printing, combined with chemistry-free environmentally-friendly platemaking, whilst Bold Printing in Sweden is claiming a reduced carbon footprint, following the introduction of ProImage's OnColor Eco ink saving software at its Swedish print sites.

Also on Wednesday, but not immediately evident, there are two environment-related feature articles in the latest issue of MAN Roland's customer magazine, expressis verbis no 23: 'Printhouse Ecology' by Juergen Weiss, and 'A Green Image', by Dr. Wolfgang Jeschke. There's lots more in this action-packed 52-page issue as well, which you can subscribe to free of charge or download as a PDF from the MAN Roland Website. It really is a worthwhile read.

On Thursday, Sappi made the 'environmental' headlines - literally, with its announcement of the latest series of environmental fact sheets, describing how the company manages its environmental activities and the measures it takes to minimise the impact of it operations in Europe. As a major player in the European pulp and paper sector, Sappi has led the way in its concern for the environment and has numerous awards in recognition of its efforts, and not just in Europe. Sappi has an enviable environmental record involving major investment in South Africa too.

Other news to take note of this week: Don't miss the new publication announced on Tuesday by Heidelberg, with a 136-page download available in our downloads section of Online Features 2007. It's a fascinating publication which contains a mine of information for print management, customers and students alike. Also on Tuesday - South Africa's first Screen Truepress to Advance Printing in Johannesburg, following Kemtek and Screen's recently held 'Take 5 Challenge' Open House; whilst on Wednesday we saw Grafisch Bedrijf Tuijtel in The Netherlands set new records with no less than 32 job changes in a single shift on a B1 press. Amazing stuff.

Last but not least, Goss International has published its latest Web Offset magazine No 61, which was available in printed form at IfraExpo last week. You can now download this latest 20-page issued from the link below; and to round off the week in true style, Goss announced the world's first 96-page commercial web press for Italy!

That's it once again, but there's lots more if you scroll down the list carefully.

Mike Hilton

Goss announces world’s first 96-page commercial web
Grafiche Mazzucchelli to install new 4x12 Sunday 5000 press with gapless blanket technology and 2860mm web width…

Extending its gapless blanket Sunday press platform, Goss International will develop the world’s first 96-page web offset press. Commercial printer Grafiche Mazzucchelli will install the new Sunday 5000 press with a 2860-millimetre web width in Seriate, Italy in late 2008.

Said Guglielmo Fiori, owner of the Italian printing company, 'We look forward to expanding our collaborative relationship with Goss International and to pursuing this groundbreaking project that will give us a differentiating advantage in the marketplace.'

The Sunday 5000 press agreement with Grafiche Mazzucchelli was completed with assistance from Macchingraf, the agent for Goss commercial presses in Italy.

'We have had excellent success with 48- and 64-page Sunday presses with pinless folders,' explains Pierluigi Guerini, managing director at Grafiche Mazzucchelli. 'The wider 96-page format represents the next breakthrough, combining added high-pagination productivity with short-run efficiency.'

Jacques Navarre, senior vice president of sales for Goss International in Europe, said gapless blanket technology is vital to achieving the 4x12 pagination format of the Sunday 5000 press. Tubular Sunday press blankets eliminate the vibrations associated with blanket gaps, providing the dynamic stability necessary for the wider cylinder configuration.

'Our original gapless and pinless Sunday presses revolutionised web printing, allowing higher quality at higher speeds on wider webs,' Navarre explained. 'The wider Sunday 5000 press is the latest in a long line of developments that have continuously extended the competitive advantages of this proven Sunday press platform.'

Navarre also noted that close to 2,000 Sunday press printing units have been installed worldwide since 1993.

Goss International will also supply a Goss Contiweb FD paster and Ecocool dryer with integrated chill rolls with the four-unit Sunday 5000 press at Grafiche Mazzucchelli.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 19 October 2007.

GUA’s third European conference the best ever
Graphic Users Association of Kodak solutions hosts its most successful European event yet in Nice, France…

Members of the Graphic Users Association of Kodak solutions (GUA) are celebrating their most successful European event yet. More than 180 participants from across the region attended the third European conference, held in Nice earlier this month.

‘Our mission is to help our members make more effective use of their Kodak systems, and to facilitate the free exchange of information between Kodak's Graphic Communications Group and its customers. Getting everyone together at the conference is a really important way of achieving this, and it was fantastic to see attendees gaining such tremendous value from being there,’ said Paul Bartsch, European board member. ‘Creating an environment where members can learn from common experiences is an essential part of our mandate, and everyone involved learned a great deal. We look forward to building upon this success as we plan the 2008 event.’

The four day conference programme included product updates, presentations, workshops, expert panels, case studies, and a lab staffed with technical experts. Hot topics included Kodak Unified Workflow, JDF in practice, and how to successfully operate a streamlined workflow in a blended production environment that includes digital and offset printing.

Keynote speaker Jim Langley, senior vice president Eastman Kodak Company, discussed Kodak's vision for the future and how the company is investing to help customers meet present and future business challenges in a fast-changing environment.

Other Kodak executives from Europe and the United States also attended the event, including Gérard Cardinet, EAMER vice president sales; Guy Sasson, EAMER vice president Customer Services; Jon Bracken, vice president Marketing for Workflow and Channels for Enterprise Solutions; and Pat McGrew, director of Industry Marketing for Transaction Print.

The GUA received a great deal of positive feedback from attendees. Robert Martin, manager Prepress & IT Department of APRINTA Druck GmbH & Co. KG, Germany, said, ‘I would like to thank everyone involved for a valuable conference. All in all it was very useful, and the organisers can be proud of the large number of participants.’

About the Graphic Users Association
The Graphic Users Association of Kodak solutions is a worldwide, independent, not-for-profit user driven organisation dedicated to empowering users with the tools and information to make them successful. It has more than 4,000 members from 80 countries. The organisation's explicit mandate is to leverage the experience and knowledge within the member base, maintain a close and collaborative relationship with Kodak and represent member interests. The Association board, which governs the activities of the association, is made up of Kodak customers and Kodak representatives. Membership to the community is free-of-charge to all bona-fide users of Kodak systems.

For more information, to become a member of the Graphic Users Association of Kodak solutions, and to register for future events, visit www.mygua.org.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 18 October 2007.

EFI's extensive line-up at Digital Print World
EFI demonstrated its leading-edge, end-to-end technologies at Digital Print World in London this week…

Showcased via key technology partners, the solutions spanned job creation and submission achievable via EFI’s latest version 3.0 of its Digital StoreFront Web-to-Print software; printroom management via the production workflow, management and sophisticated makeready solution, Fiery Central; and EFI’s most advanced print server software, Fiery System 8, designed for professional print environment customers.

Xerox/ Xeretec
In conjunction with Xeretec, visitors had the chance to see the new, 80 page-per-minute, Xerox DocuColor 8000AP digital press, powered by EFI’s advanced new Fiery EX8000AP RIP. EFI’s next-generation Fiery E8000AP RIP enables the DC 8000AP to meet the diverse high-volume production needs of print providers in commercial and in-plant environments. Xeretec also showcased the Xerox DocuColor 260 digital colour copier/printer, which ran Fiery System 8 in conjunction with the Fiery EX260 RIP.

Completing the line-up of Xerox technology on display was the DocuColor 242 Digital Colour Copier/Printer. The DC 242 demonstrated the capabilities of EFI’s Splash RPX-ii Mac OS X-based workflow software. Exclusive to Xerox, the Splash RPX-ii supports Mac Intel to run at peak performance. When the Mac is powered by an Intel processor, its performance is increased up to four times of that of PowerPC-based machines.

Canon UK
On the Canon stand, EFI demonstrated the capabilities of its Fiery software across a range of colour and black-and-white Canon digital print engines. These include Canon’s new imagePress C7000VP digital colour press driven by Fiery 8 software to enable the imagePress C7000VP to achieve outstanding image quality, consistency and stability at an impressive 70 prints per minute on 300gsm stock.

Other industry-leading EFI solutions displayed by Canon UK included EFI Digital StoreFront (DSF) version 3.0, the dramatically re-engineered and redesigned version of EFI’s Web-to-print platform, launched this year. DSF delivers a world-class, print-centric e-Commerce solution for print service providers.

Canon also exhibited EFI’s Colorproof XF wide-format prepress/proofing solution across devices from its of wide-format printer range. Featuring EFI’s Bestcolor Technology, Colorproof XF transforms inkjet and laser printers into proofing and production systems and is renowned for outstanding performance, colour quality, flexibility and a highly intuitive interface.

Konica Minolta
Visitors to DPW were also able to check-out Fiery Latest Pro 80 running Konica Minolta's C6500e colour production print engine and EFI’s MicroPress technology driving the BizHub 1050e which runs at 105ppm, demonstrating raster-based MicroPress 7.0 production print workflow software designed to increase productivity. MicroPress 7.0 delivers an intuitive user interface, industry-leading architecture, late stage editing tools, workflow automation and productivity boosting features.

Ricoh UK
In co-operation with EFI Ricoh UK showed a number EFI production print workflow solutions and Fiery driven devices with its latest high volume printers. Leading with EFI Digital Storefront v3.0, Ricoh demonstrated procuring and printing of jobs over the Internet and seamless integration with MicroPress v7.5. Visitors were also able to see streamlining of the production print process through advanced makeready functionality and intelligent cluster printing via two MP1350s and an AFC5560.

Infotec UK
Infotec showcased high volume applications for EFI’s Digital Storefront v3.0 Web-to-print solution via MicroPress v7.5.

© Greaphic Repro On-line, 19 October 2007.

Faster Muller Martini Diamant 35 for hardcover books
The short run Diamant: performance improved by over 16 per cent for the most varied of hardcover books…

Muller Martini Buchtechnologie has increased the performance of its short run book line from 30 to 35 cycles per minute. Cost-effective and perfect down to the last detail, the Diamant 35 produces the most varied of hardcover books. It is ideal for both bookbinderies and printing houses that want to offer a complete service.

Using the new Diamant 35 short run book line, a bookbinder can produce up to 2,100 books per hour. Compared with the previous model, the Diamant 30, this means an increase in productivity of more than 16 per cent.

Oblong format books can be produced on the Diamant 35, as indeed can books only two centimetres thick or large-format books, because it covers exactly the same size range as the Diamant 60. The most varied book shapes are possible, as it can also be equipped with all Diamant options. At its Open House event, taking place 5 and 6 November 2007, in Bad Mergentheim, Germany, Muller Martini will demonstrate the production of books with flexible covers and flaps.

Of course, the Diamant 35 still delivers the high book quality for which the Diamant range is known. Infra-red preheating, rounding, smashing, lining, casing in - everything takes place with the same quality-assuring processes as the Diamant 60. With the new short run book line, the duration of the grooving of the joint and pressing procedures at top speed takes at least five seconds, but still with the proven, interruption-free pressing method. Using a quick, user-friendly touchscreen, the operator can carry out changeovers just like on the Diamant 60. And if necessary the Diamant 35 can be put into operation at 60 cycles per minute.

Apart from the outstanding book quality, the high level of automation is also most impressive and guarantees the fastest changeovers and, therefore maximum cost-effectiveness. The short run Diamant is already in production in a number of European countries, North and South America, Africa and Asia. It is already on its way to a success story that is just as impressive as that of the Diamant 60.

Convincing cost-effectiveness:
•35 cycles instead of only 30!
•2,100 books per hour instead of 1,800
•Short run hardcover production for the highest demands.

Pictured above: Block rounding - smashing - grooving of the joint: for the best possible book quality even at 35 cycles.

For additional information visit: www.mullermartini.com or use the logo link on our Home Page. Muller Martini is represented throughout Southern Africa by Thunderbolt Solutions. Visit: www.thunderbolt.co.za.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 19 October 2007.

First showing of GBC 620os and GBC 5031 systems
GBC to unveil new digital print finishing products at Viscom Italy in Milan from 8 - 10 November, 2007…

GBC Commercial Laminating Solutions group will showcase its newest laminators for digital print finishing at Viscom Italia taking place in Milan from 8 - 10 November, 2007. GBC is broadening its offerings to the Digital print-on-demand market and will introduce at Viscom, the new GBC 620os and GBC 5031 (pictured) laminating systems to finish one-sided and double-sided narrow-format digital output from HP Indigo, Xerox, Xeikon, Kodak NexPress and Océ Variostream digital production printers. GBC will demonstrate in Hall 3 a wide product range of laminators, which includes low-entry level up to very professional high quality models, for short-term indoor and long-term outdoor applications.

New at Viscom Italia
Viscom Italia marks the debut of the GBC 620os, a single-sided laminating system combining sophisticated technology with ease-of-operation making it the ‘best-in-class’ on-demand laminating system. With a semi-automatic feeding system and integrated separator, GBC's 620os one-sided tabletop finishing solution features a five-minute warm-up time and is equipped with adjustable core adapters for various film widths.

The new GBC 620os single-sided laminator is a highly cost effective, entry-level unit featuring automated controls and is designed for the production of book covers, dust jackets, and packaging, as well as sheeted gift cards, postcards, and business cards. With a maximum speed of 15 m/minute and maximum sheet size of 530mm width x 760mm length it is ideal for short runs from digital colour and offset presses. At Viscom Italia, the GBC 6020os will be shown running GBC's Digital Lay-Flat film. The system also accommodates Polypropylene and Polyester films on rolls up to 1000m in length.

For two-sided lamination GBC-Professional will launch the GBC 5031 TS laminating system. The 5031 TS laminator is safe and easy-to-use in your commercial printing or in-house production environment. Featuring a unique dual heating system that incorporates both heat shoes and heated nip rollers, the GBC 5031TS enables the strongest possible adhesion at the fastest speeds. Edge-slitters are an added bonus to reduce post-process finishing. To further improve workflow, the in-line feeder connects easily to the laminator for precision sheet-feeding. The feeder incorporates a large deck and vacuum feed head to accommodate a wide range of stock types and sizes. The stand-alone cutter completes the Total Solution by providing in-line leading and trailing edge cuts. The full system is easily controlled by a single operator.

Giel Klinkers, marketing and sales director GBC Commercial Laminating Solutions group said, ‘The 5031 TS is designed to encapsulate fully automated and to handle two-sided lamination on the output of HP Indigo, Xerox, Xeikon, Kodak NexPress and Océ digital printers. These engines produce more and more double-sided prints and we believe there's a growing need for in-house lamination.’

Hot or cold lamination solutions for every application and level
At Viscom Italia GBC will further demonstrate the entry-level GBC 1064 WFt, and the GBC 2064 WF for semi-professionals. New innovative films and consumables for the wide format printing market are also on display.

GBC 1064 WFt entry-level wide format laminator
The GBC 1064 WFt wide format cold laminating machine delivers lamination up to 1570mm with a top-heated roller up to 50C to reduce initial silvering to ensure a more consistent output-quality. This high performance laminator offers top quality, cost effective lamination for the signage, photographic, copy shop and screen print market. It is ideal for print-for-pay companies and service providers looking for an entry-level professional machine that produces quality lamination in-house. These characteristics, combined with the extreme ease-of-use, make the GBC 1064 WFt the ideal machine for use alongside wide-format inkjet printers, affording greater control, saving time and offering beneficial cost savings.

GBC 2064 WFc for professional cold laminators
The GBC 2064 WFc is a cold top-heated versatile wide-format laminating machine that offers both quality and speed, up to 5m/minute in both directions. It delivers high quality lamination for trade show graphics, POP displays, flexible or rigid displays, backlit displays, vehicle graphics, floor graphics and posters & banners. This laminator is the right choice for laminating service providers who need a high-quality solution for producing a semi-professional lamination volume. The handling of numerous applications is ensured through multiple winds and unwinds along with the bi-directional capability. The GBC 2064 WFc has numerous features that facilitate ease of operation and time reduction, such as swing out shafts with auto-grip core chucks facilitate loading and unloading. A re-positionable foot pedal offers the option of hands-free operation and easy cleaning via high release silicone rollers deliver additional time savings. Digital display for pressure, temperature and film footage guarantee a full production control for the operator. Pull rollers feature presets to accommodate common board and laminate gauges.

GBC will also display its popular Signmaker range during Viscom Italia, available in two widths (650 and 1090mm) to enable production of store signage, window graphics and vinyl banners for short-term outdoor use. The new GBC Clear Accushield film for photo-finishing will be available in gloss and matt finish solutions will be presented at GBC's stand. This film adds a glossy coating to boards and supports printing directly on to the substrate to increase mechanical properties and scratch resistance. The New GBC Clear Accushield is 100 per cent clear and has improved UV-properties to ensure longer term durability

High quality new hot lamination films with special effects
The GBC 2064 WF wide-format laminating machine provides maximum results when paired with GBC's newest films, the Octiva LM textured satin 75/250µ, the Octiva LM LB 85µ for POS-displays and the Octiva LM Canvas 200µ for portrait graphics. The Octiva Lo-Melt thermal laminating film contains light management additives to enhance laminated prints. GBC Thermal films are formulated with Prelume( technology, delivering the capability to whiten and brighten most prints without the use of beaches or optical brighteners. Prelume( controls the amount and distribution of ambient light that is reflected back to the viewer throughout the visible colour spectrum, yielding ‘whiter whites’. The effect is most dramatic under short wavelengths or high-energy light sources (HID) lights, such as the metal halide lamps used in trade show halls and in cool white or ‘daylight’ type fluorescent bulbs used in offices.

New cold lamination films
GBC Professional will release the latest additions to its GBC Arctic HV range, the Arctic Universal gloss and matt and sand films, both well suited for in- and outdoor short-term applications. The Arctic Sand 80µ film has a light sand structure and is a very cost-effective cold over-lamination developed for the POS market. The Arctic Choice and Arctic Select in combination with direct printable vinyls, such as Sureprint direct vinyl Choice and Select are a dependable choice for long-term outdoor applications, warranted up to 5 and 7 years.

For additional information on GBC solutions, please visit: www.gbcfilm.com. In Southern Africa, GBC is represented by Beswick Machinery at: www.beswick.co.za. GBC solutions for digital printing applications are also available from Antalis Graphics, a Beswick-appointed sub-distributor, at: www.antalis.co.za

© Graphic Repro On-line, 19 October 2007.

Rotolito Lombarda orders second Compacta 618
A further KBA web press for high-quality book printing at Rotolito Lombarda’s plant in Cernusco, Italy…

One of the biggest commercial printers in Italy, Rotolito Lombarda, has followed up the installation of a 72-page KBA Compacta 818 and 48-page KBA Compacta 618 with an order for a second Compacta 618 which will mainly print books.

Rotolito Lombarda, which has grown steadily since being founded by Paolo Bandecchi in 1976, now has a payroll of around 400 and generates annual sales worth €150 million, with exports accounting for 35 per cent. In recent years it has invested heavily in prepress, press and post-press. The company has four production plants – in Pioltello just outside Milan (administration, sheetfed offset, coldset), Cernusco (web offset), Nova Milanese (gravure) and Capriate San Gervasio (book-binding). Its sheetfed operation has had medium- and large-format Rapida presses for many years.

As quality specs for books become more rigorous, an increasing number of printers have started switching production to commercial presses. This was the reason why Rotolito installed a Compacta 618 last year with one reelstand, two double printing units, a dryer and folder. The company’s satisfaction with the 618 has now prompted an order for a second one that is slated to come on stream in Cernusco in the second half of 2008. The new press will have a cylinder circumference of 1240mm and print a web width of 1450mm. It will have four printing units instead of two, semi-automatic plate changers and special V5-B variable-format book folder. This will enable it to print both books and commercial products. It will be erected as a right-to-left configuration alongside the Compacta 818.

Pictured above: Continuing a successful relationship (from left): KBA sales director Kai Trapp; Rotolito Lombarda MD Joseph Marsanasco and president Paolo Bandecchi; and KBA executive vice-president web press sales Christoph Müller; pictured after sealing the deal for the second Compacta 618

© Graphic Repro On-line, 19 October 2007.

Times of India to add more Ferag systems
Times of India signs contract for Ferag inserting systems in the high-performance class at IfraExpo…

The Times of India, is the the world's largest English-language broadsheet newspaper. A contract has been placed with Ferag for the delivery and installation of two inserting lines for Mumbai, a second contract covers two conveyor and packaging systems for the Sahibabad printing centre in New Delhi and another contract covers the packaging systems for Chennai. The contract, which was signed at IfraExpo 2007 in Vienna, is the biggest ever to be awarded by an Indian newspaper house for mailroom technology.

For the Times of India, supplement business is not new territory. Currently, supplements and advertising is inserted manually at the point of sale into circulations that run into millions. According to Richard Saldanha, executive director of the Times Group, industrialisation of the inserting process is crucial for two reasons, ‘The growing market requirement on zoning calls for speedy and efficient handling of voluminuous supplements. Ferag's inserting systems offer a futuristic solution to decisively address the demands on the supply chain.’

The second criterion crucial to the investment decision was cost effectiveness, ‘India's economy is experiencing 8 per cent annual growth, while labour cost is growing at an ever faster rate. We will only manage to keep pace with this huge development step through innovation,’ said technical director Parnendu Sen.

The Times of India is today producing in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai and two printing centres in New Delhi with Ferag mailroom technology. The lines in Bangalore and Mumbai have been readied for integration of MultiSertDrum systems ahead of the expansion in the inserting process. ‘For us, Ferag is the best strategic partner on the road to process industrialisation.’ said Mohit Jain, director (Business & Commercial). ‘Thanks to the private ownership structure of Ferag, which allows it to take a long term view on technology development, gives us full confidence in its ability to innovate. On all levels, the people who work here are distinguished by team spirit, commitment, and great technical ability. What is more, by enabling interesting advertising formats like MemoStick or MemoFlag to be integrated into the system, Ferag offers us huge potential for technological development. All of which gives us the security we need as a company going forward,’ explained Mohit Jain.

In production by the second half of 2008
The two high-performance MSD-M 2:1 series inserting drums on order are destined for the Airoli, Thane, printing centre near Mumbai and set to start production in the second half of 2008. Both lines will be connected via UTR conveyor technology to the folder deliveries on two newspaper presses and configured for an inserting performance of up to 65,000cph in online mode and a capacity of nine different inserts. In each case, two four-station RollStream lines incorporating the JetFeeder hopper will be used as the feed periphery.

As part of a second order and within the same time-scale, the Times of India is set to expand the Sahibabad production facility at New Delhi by two UTR conveyor systems, eight MultiStack stackers and eight of the latest generation of SmartStrap strapping machines. Four of the eight production lines will be equipped with the LineMaster II line control for programmed bundling.

As the largest English-language broadsheet newspaper in the world, the number of Times of India copies sold each day is 3.4 million and thus comes in well ahead of USA Today.

The Times of India is owned by Bennett, Coleman & Co Ltd (The Times Group), a family concern run by Mrs Indu Jain and sons Samir and Vineet. The group publishes leading newspaper titles like The Economic Times, Mumbai Mirror, the Hindi-language Navbharat Times, and the Maharastra Times, which appears in the Marathi language. The Times group is an integrated media house with strong presence in Internet, TV, Magazines, Outdoor Advertising and FM radio business.

Pictured above: Richard Saldanha, executive director of the Times Group and Susanne Rau-Reist, WRH Walter Reist Holding AG, shaking hands after signing of the contract at IfraExpo 2007 in Vienna last week.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 19 October 2007.

Minister of Economics inaugurates Roland 700 HiPrint
Record-pushing co-production at Wanfried-Druck Kalden in the German land of Hesse with new long Roland HiPrint…

With numerous guests from politics and industry, Wanfried-Druck Kalden celebrated the official putting-into-operation of its new production building including a new press. With it, the printing company is entering a new era of productivity.

When Hessians co-operate, big things can come from it: the longest printing machine in the land of Hesse, a Roland 700 HiPrint from MAN Roland in Offenbach, Hesse, was ceremoniously inaugurated at Wanfried-Druck Kalden in the North Hessian town of Wanfried. 21.5 meters is the full length of the seven-colour Roland 700 HiPrint with double-coating module, a press earmarked for production of labels and folding boxes. QuickChange options for reducing makeready time together with waste-cutting inline modules InlineSorter and Inline Inspector equip the new press for optimum production efficiency.

In the newly erected production building of the Kalden printing company, Hesse’s Minister of Economics Dr. Alois Riehl pressed the start button of the high-performance press. The importance of the printing industry in the region was emphasised by Kalden’s managing director Wolf-Arthur Kalden in his opening speech: with a staff of 180 people, the printing company is the biggest employer in its area.

Wanfried-Druck Kalden is a subsidiary of Arques AG. A total sum of Euro 6.3 million has been invested in the company’s infrastructure and machinery in order to establish the operation as a bridgehead for the packaging business segment.

Pictured above: Pushing the button for a successful future: Hesse’s Minister of Economics Dr. Alois Riehl starts the Roland 700 HiPrint at Wanfried-Druck Kalden. On the right: the managing directors Andreas Schnell and Wolf-Arthur Kalden.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 19 October 2007.

PhotoBox of London adds HP Indigo press 5500
HP Indigo technology increases PhotoBox's response time…

PhotoBox Ltd of London, the leading supplier of photobooks in the UK and part of the France-based Photoways Group, has installed an HP Indigo press 5500 to increase productivity by reducing the turnaround time of short-run applications.

The photo-specialty market has grown rapidly and PhotoBox currently has five million registered customers across Europe. It is operating its new press alongside its two existing HP Indigo press 5000s to produce photo-specialty applications.

The ability of the HP Indigo press 5500 to deliver unmatched printing quality at high-speed maximises productivity and ensures that the products reach the customers within a short turnaround time. PhotoBox focuses on delivering high quality applications and the best customer service. The company has won multiple awards including What Digital Camera, 'top photo sharing site and online lab choice award' and was granted eSuperbrand status in 2006.

'As an award-winning company we wanted to invest in a new press that could increase our output and profitability without compromising on speed or print quality,' said Colin Glass, commercial director, PhotoBox. 'We are very happy with our existing HP Indigo presses so we decided to install an HP Indigo press 5500. The new press is instrumental in helping us expand our existing markets by meeting customer demand quickly and efficiently.'

PhotoBox has been using its new HP Indigo press to print a range of photo applications including invitations, business cards, calendars and greetings cards. The HP Indigo press 5500 can produce over 1.5 million colour prints a month ensuring that PhotoBox meets the high demand for these products.

'The demand for photo products has risen sharply and PhotoBox is expecting to see this trend continue. We are currently experiencing increased interest in our greeting card and calendar service. The versatility and speed of the HP Indigo press 5500 is vital in ensuring that PhotoBox can continue to meet the changing requirements of our customers in a competitive market,' said Glass.

The new HP Indigo press 5500, which was launched earlier this year, was designed with the photo market in mind and offers an optional photo solutions package to enable the end-to-end production of photobooks, calendars and greeting cards as well as other photo applications. Two new inks - Light Cyan and Light Magenta - have been added to HP's ElectroInk range, offering users silver halide quality and six-colour process photo imaging.

HP Indigo is represented by Kemtek Imaging Systems throughout Southern Africa. For more information visit: www.kemtek.co.za

© Graphic Repro On-line, 19 October 2007.

New environmental fact sheets from Sappi
'The Environment and Sappi in Europe' highlights Sappi's environmental standards and progress at its European operations…

Sappi Fine Paper Europe has published 'The Environment and Sappi in Europe', a series of fact sheets describing how the company manages its environmental activities and the measures it takes to minimise the impact of its operations in Europe. The publication, initially in English but available in other European languages shortly, is aimed at Sappi customers, suppliers, product specifiers and printers, as well as other interested parties.

As a major player in the European pulp and paper sector, Sappi has led the way in its concern for the environment. It was the first paper company in Europe to achieve joint ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and EMAS certification for its activities and recently also became the first to gain multi-site cross border group chain-of-custody certification for its entire European operations under both the FSC and PEFC forestry management schemes.

‘We have consistently been among the leaders in our industry in ensuring that our processes are safe, efficient and environmentally sound and that the materials we use come from well-managed, sustainable resources,’ stated Berry Wiersum, Sappi Fine Paper Europe CEO. ‘We have also made substantial progress in introducing innovative energy solutions to meet the challenges of climate change and expand our use of renewable energy, as well as in reducing our environmental impact in terms of air emissions, water consumption and waste. The new environmental fact sheets describe our progress.’

The publication is presented in the fact sheet format which will allow Sappi to easily update the content whenever the company takes new environmental initiatives. The individual sheets cover Sappi's policy on sustainable development, its European environmental management system, safety and health, products, source materials, energy, its production processes and its main European environmental data over the past seven years.

As a signatory to the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) CEO Leadership Statement, Sappi Fine Paper Europe has committed itself to high standards of sustainability and environmental management and to the development of manufacturing practices that meet stringent environmental, social and economic objectives.

Copies of 'The Environment and Sappi in Europe' fact sheets are available from local Sappi sales offices. Further details on Sappi's environmental approach can also be found on its Website at: www.sappi.com/Environment. You can also use the banner or Sappi logo links on our Home Page.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 18 October 2007.

Presstek's major show debut at Digital Print World
Presstek showcases Momentum Pro workflow system and the Dimension450 Excel-Autoloader CTP system at DPW…

This year at DPW, Presstek showed the Presstek 34DI digital offset press and introducing and demonstrated the Presstek Momentum Pro workflow system and the Dimension450 Excel-Autoloader CTP system during the Earls Court, London event staged this week.

The Presstek 34DI portrait format digital offset press has been developed to provide automation, high quality and fast turnaround for the fast growing small to medium run four colour market. It images all four plates simultaneously on-press in precise register and produces up to 7,000 high quality printed sheets an hour.

Building on its Momentum RIP, the new Presstek Momentum Pro Integrated PDF Workflow system is a fully-integrated RIP and workflow solution designed to streamline and automate the production process using certified PDF tools. The workflow can be used as a centralized PDF creation and preflight system, ensuring consistent output to multiple devices for small to mid-size printers.

‘The new Momentum Pro is a simple, easy-to-use and affordable workflow solution that provides versatile job management with an easy user interface, streamlining the print production process,’ said Raymond Hillhouse, sales and operations director, Presstek Europe. ‘The improved PDF capability of this addition to Presstek's product portfolio gives printers the ability to control the workflow from the prepress workstation and increase productivity all in one flexible workflow solution.’

Presstek also introduced the Dimension450 Excel-Autoloader, which is a new plate-loading automation feature for Presstek's four-page thermal computer-to-plate (CTP) platesetter system. The Dimension450 Excel-Autoloader is a cost-effective, automated plate loader that is fully integrated with the Dimension450 and mounts up to 20 pre-punched plates for continuous operation. The Autoloader enhances imaging productivity, allowing continuous chemistry-free plate making at a throughput speed of 17 plates per hour.

Hillhouse commented, ‘Presstek's Dimension450 Excel-Autoloader streamlines the workflow with its automated, chemistry-free and daylight safe CTP plate loader, helping to increase both productivity and capacity.’

Presstek was taking orders for Momentum Pro and Dimension450 Excel-Autoloader at DPW.

For further information visit: www.presstek.com.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 18 October 2007.

Now available: Web Offset magazine No 61
Goss International's Web Offset magazine No 61 is now out and available to download in PDF format…

The new edition of Goss International’s Web Offset magazine (Issue No 61) is now available. The 20-page issue is packed with the latest information on products, as well as market and customer profiles.

Incorporating contributions from some key industry journals and writers, among the highlights of this issue is an in-depth look at the booming Polish printing market. Having grown steadily over recent years, the web offset sector in Poland is now flourishing. Three top printers focus on how Goss technology has enabled them to improve efficiencies and think globally to deliver a range of high quality printed products to the market.

Key technology focus pieces in Web Offset No 61 include an update on Goss’ high-speed quarterfolding technology, which allows newspapers to differentiate by adding value and diversity to the end product.

With an update on Goss Automatic Transfer technology in operation at Transcontinental, Canada, as well as articles on the commercial application of Goss DigiRail technology and latest finishing products as ordered by Quad/Graphics, this issue provides a comprehensive overview of the most recent developments to benefit Goss customers.

Distributed in seven languages for printers, publishers and other industry audiences worldwide, Web Offset can be obtained free by post or in PDF format by e-mail by logging onto: www.gossinternational.com. You can also download the PDF from our downloads section. Click here to take you to the link

© Graphic Repro On-line, 18 October 2007.

Friday-Ad chooses Luxel News for violet CTP
West Sussex based Friday-Ad in the UK, has installed two Luxel News 80 platesetters from Fujifilm…

West Sussex based Friday-Ad has installed two Luxel News 80 platesetters from Fujifilm. They are being used with Fujifilm’s violet CTP newspaper plate, Brillia LP-NNV.

Friday-Ad is a full-colour, free weekly magazine, which includes general advertisements for items such as cars and household goods. As one of the largest independent publishers in the UK, Friday-Ad produces 700,000 to 800,000 magazines a week with an average of 2.5 million readers.

Andy Woolgar (pictured), production director of Friday-Ad, said, 'We wanted a CTP system that could keep up with the fast pace of the company and one that could also accommodate future growth. We found the Fuji machines provided high levels of productivity with superb quality, all at a competitive price. We decided to install two Luxel News 80 platesetters together with Fuji’s LP-NNV panoramic plates.

'Our old platesetter processed around 32 plates an hour, but with the Luxel News 80 machines we can now process up to 55 panorama plates an hour. This level of throughput means we have increased our maximum productivity by an impressive 71 per cent. Additionally, being able to output at a resolution of 1270 dpi, the print quality has been of an excellent standard.'

As Friday-Ad runs on a 24-hour basis it is vital to always have one platesetter on stand-by. However, as Friday-Ad’s platesetter room was originally built for just one machine, fitting in two machines was going to be a very tight squeeze.

Woolgar commented, 'We were very impressed with the innovative way Fuji coped with such little space in which to fit the two machines. Fuji specially configured both machines so they would fit into the designated area, making optimum use of the floor space. Overall, Fuji has provided us with excellent customer service, with same day support throughout the whole process.'

With 320 employees working full and part-time, including staff at a call centre in South Wales, all procedures are carried out in-house, including design, sales and distribution. The company prints 35 editions of Friday-Ad which is available throughout the South-East, Wales and the Midlands. It also publishes several other weekly advertising publications including the Advantage and Trade It series. Run length of individual editions can vary from 7,000 to 60,000 copies.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 18 October 2007.

MAN Uniset sales increasing in Italy
Four innovative Italian newspaper printers and publishers are investing in the latest MAN Roland Uniset presslines…

Throughout the country, Italy has recently seen an increase in acquisitions and installations of MAN Roland Uniset presses. Why is the Uniset appealing to the market?

The four printing houses concerned are quite diverse in their range of production: from daily newspapers, including freesheets, to weekly and community papers, general publications, to commercial products. So what do they have in common? Nothing at first glance. Taking a second look, though, they are all pursuing a strategy of constant investment in the latest printing technology. That is why they have all opted for Uniset. Additionally, the flexibility in configuring the system according to the printer's needs is almost unlimited as demonstrated in the four totally different presses:

Edisud, situated in Bari, is the publisher of La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno. The newspaper was founded in 1887 and has been printed on a MAN Roland press since the beginning of the last century. La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno developed with its eight local editions for Brindisi, Foggia, Lecce and further cities to be the most important newspaper of Southern Italy. With 564,000 readers La Gazzetta, as it is usually called, is one of the newspapers with the highest circulations of mid and Southern Italy. Its regional distribution in general covers Apulia and the Basilicata. In the future Edisud will develop additional activities in direction of commercial web offset printing.

La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno will be printed on a MAN Roland Uniset press installation of the latest generation. The press will be installed parallel to an existing Uniman press line and the press configuration will comprise seven webs and seven towers for printing 56 pages full colour in a tabloid format.

Il Guado, situated in Corbetta near Milan, has recently invested in a Uniset that is fully-equipped for heatset production. The press is configured with one web, one eight-colour tower, dryer and folder. Oscillator cooling, third ink rollers, diagonal register, and pneumatic buzzle wheels ensure highest quality for commercial products, while a quarter fold and double parallel fold give Il Guado the flexibility needed for its wide range of short-run newspaper, publication and commercial products. Il Guado has a track record of constantly investing in latest technologies, while offering its customers high-quality products and a full service from the idea to the finished product based on fully-digital workflows.

Sedit Servici Editoriali prints the prestigious Corriere della Sera and La Gazzetta dello Sport for the RCS Group. In addition, the regional newspapers Corriere del Mezzogiorno and its Economia edition as well as three regional freesheets are also printed by Sedit.

Since its foundation in 1987, Sedit has always made a point of investing in latest technology, including a digital printing facility. It is now enhancing its machinery, which already comprises a MAN Cromoman, with a new Uniset press, to be installed in January 2008.

Production flexibility and quality are an important part of the company's philosophy and are also mirrored in the new investment. The Uniset with its four webs and four towers is also to be equipped with heatset capabilities, quarter fold and double parallel fold. It is planned for the conversion of La Gazzetta dello Sport from broadsheet to tabloid format as part of a worldwide trend.

Sigraf in Treviglio, in the Northern Italian region of Lombardy, has a widely diversified production structure in the newspaper segment. Its products range from daily and weekly regional and city tabloid newspapers in different circulations and paginations to high-quality products in the commercial sector.

With its latest investment in the MAN Uniset, Sigraf is not only moving its premises to a smart new building in Treviglio, but also implementing its strategy of constant innovation: in the past, for example, Sigraf was one of the first printing houses in Italy to start working with CTP. Now, the new Uniset will bolster the expansion of Sigraf and was designed in partnership with MAN Roland from the outset. It will print 64 tabloid pages, 32 pages in full colour, and is earmarked for an extension to 64 pages full-colour. Its configuration consists of two eight-couple towers and one H-type unit, with four webs, bay-window turner bars for mixing the webs, and a 2:3:3 folder.

Based on MAN Roland’s leadership in newspaper press technology, flexibility and efficiency, all four print houses decided to take MAN Roland as a trustworthy and reliable partner for the future and their tradition of success.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 18 October 2007.

The Studio completes move to B1 with Heidelberg
Addition of B1 litho completes portfolio of digital sheetfed, superwide-format and B1 and B2 offset litho…

The Studio in Manchester has added a B1 litho facility in order to complete its comprehensive portfolio which offers customers digital sheetfed, litho offset B1 and B2 and superwide-format.

Director Martin Lyons explained, ‘Entering the B1 market opens up new avenues and increases our competitiveness in a very tough market. It means buyers will consider us for a wider spectrum of business and it also gives us a 30 per cent increase in capacity.’

To achieve that it has turned to Heidelberg for a front to back investment, taking a Suprasetter 105 thermal CTP system, a Speedmaster CD 102-5+LX five-colour with coater and extended delivery and a Polar 115XT guillotine.

‘All these machines are excellent. Our prepress area and pressroom are linked by Prinect Prepress Interface (pictured) for fast and accurate set up. The plant operates on a three shift 24 hour basis,’ said Lyons.

A year ago the company extended its factory by 475 sq/m to give it a production area of 2,650 sq/m. This gave it options to move to B2 long perfecting or to B1. It came down in favour of B1 and the CD 102 because this maximised the options it could offer its customers in terms of stocks and products which can include posters, packaging, 8pp formats as well as leaflets and other commercial work.

The Studio retains one of its two B2 presses, a Speedmaster SM 74-5. On the digital side it runs an HP Indigo press and its superwide inkjet machines are a B+P Grenadier and an Agfa Anapura. It also operates a photographic studio, so can meet many different customer demands.

It handles a mix of agency and end user business from the north west and nationwide.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 18 October 2007.

Cox Target Media opts for Muller Martini
First fully-automatic Muller Martini press delivery system for the manufacture of Valpak Direct Mail envelopes…

Cox Target Media in St. Petersburg, Florida, manufactures Valpak envelopes which are well known across the USA. In May 2007, they put their new production plant for the manufacture of Valpak Direct Mailing into operation; the plant is unique in every respect. In addition to the most modern pre-press technology and two new Goss presses, the first fully-automatic press delivery system from Muller Martini worldwide was put into operation.

In the USA, everyone knows the blue Valpak envelopes containing coupons for numerous discounts. They are popular among both young and old. Every year, Cox Target Media produces no less than 500 million of these direct mailings, containing around 20 billion vouchers.

Cox Target Media's ambitious goal is to expand to a capacity of around 54 billion vouchers per year. In order to reach this production volume, a staggering US$ 200 million was invested in the Valpak Manufacturing Centre in St. Petersburg; a brand new, state of the art printing centre in the green countryside. Automation in all areas - from prepress, print and finishing through to distribution - has been brought up to a unique and previously unknown level. Result: every day, tonnes of paper are converted into sealed blue Valpak envelopes containing vouchers, without a single person ever having touched them.

MACOS: the most modern control technology from Muller Martini
For this purpose, two Goss Sunday 4000 web offset printing machines started production in the Valpak Manufacturing Centre. In press delivery, they rely on the most modern delivery systems from Muller Martini, processing up to twelve different products per run of around 10,000 copies. For this, both printing machines are connected with a FloorVeyor transport system. The transporters neatly bring the products to the - in total - 12 double rewinding stations. In finishing, 36 PrintRoll P-220 double unwinding stations are in operation. The complete operation, which is fully digitised and integrated in Daifuku American Corp's fully automated rack handling to form a virtual buffer system.

The press delivery systems are controlled by the JDF and JMF compliant Master Control System (MACOS) from Muller Martini in adherence with CIP4 protocol. MACOS allows all twelve products which are being processed to be controlled and retraced from one central point. As a first in the industry, MACOS can connect to the printing machine via JMF in order to start the next job with an automatic transfer function. Furthermore, this unique system can also connect to the Cox Target Media planning system, so that the job data and further parameters can be used for future jobs.

‘The new Valpak production centre will set new standards for efficiency and productivity in the high-tech sector,’ assured Werner Naegeli, president and CEO of Muller Martini USA. ‘We at Muller Martini are proud that we could contribute to this groundbreaking project and play a defining role in implementing the first fully automatic JDF and JMF compatible printing and finishing system.’

Pictured above: Every year, Cox Target Media produces no less than 500 million of these direct mailings, containing around 20 billion vouchers.

For additional information, visit: www.mullermartini.com

© Graphic Repro On-line, 18 October 2007.

Atlantic Zeiser releases new high-res VDP
The Omega 36/36i variable data inkjet system ideal for personalisation of pre-printed short run offset media…

Atlantic Zeiser, supplier of high-performance personalisation and encoding systems, has introduced the Omega 36/36i a high-quality digital inkjet printing system for the print, labelling and packaging industry. Based on drop-on-demand array technology, the printer enables variable data to be printed on a wide variety of substrates, ranging from paper and carton to aluminium, polymer foils and plastics. With its compact design, the system enables easy integration into most existing equipment.

The Omega 36/36i, designed and developed by Atlantic Zeiser, reflects the company's many years of experience in inkjet printing, ‘The Omega inkjet printing system is a ground-breaking, proprietary product that creates significant new advantages in terms of supply readiness, response times, and the ability to quickly adapt to specific customer requirements,’ explained Dr. Hans Wyssmann, marketing VP at Atlantic Zeiser.

High resolution and maximum versatility
With a print resolution of 360dpi, the Omega 36/36i is Atlantic Zeiser's premium product, ensuring accurate reproduction of bar codes and fount sizes down to 4 point as well as optimum legibility of bar codes, graphics and textual information. The high print quality on a print width of 36mm facilitates personalisation of pre-printed offset media. On first glance it is near impossible to tell that imprints have been applied to the product at a later stage. In addition, the Omega inkjet printing system makes it practical, as well as profitable, to generate short runs for subsequent individualisation.

The Omega 36/36i achieves the quality of flexo printing with the significant advantage of printing variable data. This versatile inkjet system prints variable data on all types of plastic cards and packaging, and can also be adapted for high quality mailings, personalising ID cards in security print and printing labels, particularly those with special coatings. Because the Omega printing system is designed for use in either web or sheetfed processes there are virtually no limits to its field of application. The Omega will enable print service providers to take on cost-effective short-run jobs previously reserved for flexo and silk-screen printing, all with a high level of quality in a fraction of the time.

Specially developed exclusive inks
The Piezo printheads of the Omega 36/36i are designed for use with UV-cured or solvent-based inks that are specially formulated to suit specific requirements and applications and optimised to deliver maximum print quality and performance. A highlight of this system is the extremely fast-curing special ink developed by Atlantic Zeiser, adapted to low-thermal UV- dryers and equipped with optimum values to ensure superior adhesion, economical consumption, superior print quality, accurate contrast and high density.

Once perceived as messy and high-maintenance, customers are increasingly looking to inkjet printing for cost-effective solutions. The Omega's pivoting printhead station, superior ease of use, and optimum access alleviates client concerns on all counts while delivering premium results.

The Omega printing system is available in two versions: the Omega 36 serves as an economical entry-level model with a print speed of 30m/min, whereas the Omega 36i version offers twice the print speed, running at an impressive 60m/min.

‘As a full service system integrator, we are offering the Omega 36/36i printing system as a customised combination of printers, inks, dryers, controllers (also developed by Atlantic Zeiser), personalisation software, transport systems and camera-based monitoring systems that can be tailored to customer's individual requirements,’ explained Oliver Mehler, president and CEO at Atlantic Zeiser. ‘Our goal is to provide our customers with an end-to-end solution for their applications from a single source.’

Additional information can be found at: www.atlanticzeiser.com

© Graphic Repro On-line, 18 October 2007.

Atlantic launches RFID label encoding system
Tagline takes personalisation, encoding and quality control for RFID smart label and tag applications to a new level…

Atlantic Zeiser, supplier of high-performance personalisation and encoding systems has introduced Tagline, a system for pre-personalisation of RFID products such as smart labels and smart tickets. Tagline represents a significant technical innovation by combining RFID chip quality control with personalisation for the very first time. This modular system encodes and runs quality control on RFID tags and prints or marks the label using inkjet technology. Atlantic Zeiser positions Tagline as the ideal solution for smart ticket and smart label applications that must adhere to strict quality and accuracy specifications - such as in the pharmaceutical and food industries, public transport, and baggage tracking at airports.

‘Our customers benefit from the scalability and expandability of the system within the value chain, along with conversion, personalisation and quality control,’ stated Dr. Hans Wyssmann, marketing VP at Atlantic Zeiser. Developed in-house by Atlantic Zeiser, Tagline is specifically designed for encoding and marking RFID tags, guaranteeing 100 per cent process control. Accurate and error-free RFID encoding is particularly crucial in industries where health risks and product counterfeiting due to incorrect or inefficient labelling must be eliminated.

Modular system delivers tailor-made customer solutions
The core component of Tagline consists of a patented drum within the programming unit. Tagline utilises eight independent encoding units within the read/write cycle. This process ensures that the information sent to a transponder or tag is correctly stored, enabling fast, accurate production of up to 40,000 labels an hour. Labels can then be printed with variable data, such as serial numbers, barcodes, security features or graphics, without any loss in production speed.

A key advantage of Tagline is its modular system that can be extended with additional optional components. The individual add-on components enable the customer to select which inkjet printing system best suits their needs with respect to quality and print speed. In addition, the Omega 36/36i inkjet printing system (see separate article), featuring drop-on-demand technology and a corresponding dryer for proprietary inks, can be integrated in the Tagline. The ability to use spot colours enables labels or tickets to be digitally printed to flexographic print quality, setting new standards in terms of flexibility.

RFID labels with variable data
Tagline is the right solution for customers in any industry where there is a need to combine encoded labels with variable data printing, such as smart tickets for local public transport, business and shipping form production, and pre-personalised baggage tags for airports. Future applications include value-added baggage tracking by visibly integrating logos and supplementary ticket and airline information.

‘Hang tags’, or RFID labels for clothing, is also a growing market that Tagline effectively addresses. Encoded garments improve logistical processes with respect to product tracking, supporting efficient monitoring and accelerating process control in warehousing facilities. Another application geared to the pharmaceutical and food industries is encoded, personalised printed packaging, designed to make production workflow transparent and prevent product counterfeiting.

Tagline ensures the highest level of quality control, enabling users to adhere to accurately meet the most demanding specifications. ‘Thanks to the inline quality control system in Tagline, we can guarantee virtually 100 per cent quality control, meeting even the strictest requirements of the Food & Drug Administration in the United States,’ concluded managing director Oliver Mehler.

Additional information can be found at: www.atlanticzeiser.com

© Graphic Repro On-line, 18 October 2007.

expressis verbis no. 23: The Magic of Print
The Magic of Print is the cover story of the latest issue of MAN Roland's customer magazine, with good reason…

The Magic of Print is the cover story of the latest issue of expressis verbis with good reason: The products which publications, commercial and packaging printers are creating to respond to the challenges of the media evolution can be really fascinating and enchanting.

How is this done? By combining bright ideas, know-how and intelligent technology to follow and even set trends in the print product market. This is also the key to success for the customers expressis verbis reports on in this issue. They all use MAN Roland technologies to stay ahead of the competition and benefit from MAN Roland’s formula for success – Value Added Printing. Besides this, read about the contribution that printcom products, the ROLAND 700 DirectDrive, the 7B plus format or APL make to productivity and economic efficiency.

Regular information free of cost
The periodicals of the MAN Roland Druckmaschinen AG regularly provide information to their readers covering the topics, trends, and tendencies in the company and in various markets of printing industry.

Click here to go to the MAN Roland Website where you can order expressis verbis free of charge, or download the magazine in PDF format.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 17 October 2007.

EskoArtwork launches major software updates at DPW
The latest Odystar native PDF 1.7 workflow software incorporates a new toolbar inspector function…

EskoArtwork is using DPW to launch a series of major updates to software products, with the introduction of Odystar 3.0, Neo 1.2 and WebWay 5.0. Each new version incorporates a host of new and improved features, which the company is demonstrating throughout the exhibition.

Odystar is a native PDF 1.7 workflow that provides an extensive range of automatic pre-press production tools. The new Odystar 3.0 is compliant with the latest 7.2 version of PitStop. JDF/JMF connectivity has been significantly improved and this provides huge flexibility in the way in which digital job information held within an MIS system can be utilised easily with the Odystar workflow to improve productivity and reduce errors. Using the new JDF/JMF facility to communicate with an MIS system is straightforward, regardless of whether the MIS software is completely JDF compliant or not. Odystar 3.0 also lets the user work with XMP data in a PDF file.

There is a new ‘Inspector’ facility (pictured), the graphical user interface for Odystar, which provides several new functions including a PitStop PDF profile and action list control panel, default location for canvasses and many additions that will greatly enhance performance. Several Odystar modules have been updated, most notably; ‘Receive’, which can now also accept data through FTP or by email, ‘Route’, which can send files to different workflow steps depending on the XMP metadata content of the file, and ‘Trapper’ where options have been greatly extended eg allowing trapping pairs to be changed then re-trapped based on these new pairs.

'Odystar 3.0 represents a major step forward in functionality and we anticipate a very high interest in the new workflow during DPW,' said Jan Ruysschaert, VP marketing and sales Commercial Printing. 'One of Odystar’s key attractions is its ease-of-use and we have ensured that this latest version is very straightforward to understand and implement, even when a connection with a database or MIS system needs to be created. In addition, if the output device is not PDF 1.7 compliant, Odystar allows users to accept PDF 1.7 data and still drive their older proofing, imaging or platesetting devices, which helps keep investment costs low. Like earlier versions, Odystar 3.0 can be integrated with software and hardware from virtually any other manufacturer or supplier.'

Neo is a standalone native PDF application editing tool that enables users to make last minute changes to PDF files and EskoArtwork is using DPW to launch Neo 1.2. This new version offers a range of additional features. Neo 1.2 is compliant with version 7.2 of PitStop and has greatly improved interactive trapping tools. There are also new viewing features, including ‘rotate view’ and the software will highlight overprints, transparencies, traps, breakouts and ink usage by percentage. A new Document Info Dialog window displays additional information about the file, including prepress data, metadata etc.

'Neo is a flexible and efficient method of handling everyday pre-press editing of multi-page PDF files,' said Ruysschaert. 'By giving the operator high-end editing and correction functionality in a native PDF environment, Neo has proven to be a huge asset in drastically reducing the approval and correction cycles that are unavoidable in today’s demanding environments.'

The third new product on the EskoArtwork stand is a significantly updated version of WebWay, which provides a convenient, secure and cost-effective communication solution between the print buyer and production plant or between different departments within one company.

WebWay 5.0 can be used with PC and MacIntel platforms and incorporates a large number of updates including extended colour management facilities, improved file uploads and downloads, Java Web Start support and greater traceability. The new approval chain feature means that work is approved by different groups of people in the correct sequence. WebWay 5.0 also has MicroSoft Vista and IE7 functionality.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 17 October 2007.

Workshop 07 represents diversity of the print industry
'Face the Future' was the theme of this year's 'Print Innovations @ Workshop 07' at Komori's Leeds UK, demo facilities…

'Face the Future' was the theme of this year's Print Innovations @ Workshop 07 event hosted by Friedheim International, Komori UK and Print Finance at Komori's Leeds demo facilities. More than 250 people from the UK and ROI attended and many of the sponsors reported signing orders during the three- day event. Visitors were shown a diverse range of kit from leading manufacturers spanning the entire industry and, for the first time, litho and digital suppliers working in partnership, mirroring a trend for both types of technology to work complementarily. The focus was an exciting display of creative production technology producing live print jobs on state of the art equipment in pre-press, press and finishing, offering printers a range of options and solutions for their businesses.

Attracting particular interest was a B1 six colour Komori Lithrone S640 + Coater printing UV using Nordson equipment and producing special effects including metallics and tex gloss. Friedheim demonstrated an extensive range of finishing kit including 'new' Tauler laminators, an MBO folder/Palamides 703 stacker combination, Schneider Senator cutting system, plus equipment from OMG, Rotek, Beck and Audion, and Hunkeler pre- and post-processing connected to Océ continuous printers. Peter Morris, managing director of Friedheim International, said, ‘Now in its third year, the event lived up to expectations and was relative to the effort made by all participants. With the extension to include digital for the first time, and a broader base of finishing equipment, the event created a wider interest for all visitors.’

Konica Minolta digitally printed a 15-month Formula One calendar for all visitors, which was personalised and then finished by Renz and Friedheim. Experts from Print Finance were on hand to provide advice and calculate the costs of any investment. Paul Coggins, managing director of Print Finance, commented, ‘As a Workshop sponsor I am delighted with the success of the latest event. Workshop started as an event to demonstrate how a variety of products can complement each other in a production environment, and how the manufacturers can work together to provide the best solutions for the customer. In only its third year it has doubled in size with more manufacturers asking to join! Orders were placed with many of the companies attending.’

Neil Sutton, managing director of Komori UK said, ‘Workshop has grown year on year and we are delighted with the amount of interest shown in this, our third event. We try to keep each event fresh and exciting for visitors and having digital manufacturers here in our Showroom has worked really well. As a litho manufacturer we fully appreciate that many of our customers utilise both types of technology and that we need to “face the future” and embrace this trend.’ During the show Komori signed a couple of orders.

Ian Jones of Kama UK, one of this year's new sponsors, presented a ProCut 74 with hot foil stamping, which was bought by a visitor. Jones said, ‘We wouldn't have missed it for anything! Workshop was the perfect opportunity to bring customers in to see our machine - my German colleagues have asked for twice the space next year!’

Océ hosted two official signing ceremonies and Alan Sutcliffe, program manager (Continuous Printers) commented, ‘It was a great show for Océ where we saw a great cross section of the UK print industry. We are confident that we will get a number of sales that we can trace back to originating from Workshop 07.’

© Graphic Repro On-line, 17 October 2007.

A strong partner at IfraExpo in Vienna
Muller Martini solutions generated lots of interest at Ifra Expo 2007 in Vienna, Austria last week…

Muller Martini was able to welcome a pleasingly large number of visitors to its stand at this year's Ifra newspaper exhibition in Vienna. Guests were able to find out for themselves that the motto, ‘Muller Martini - a strong partner’, delivers everything it promises.

The Swiss mailroom specialist delighted them with presentations of its new, modular design inserting system, the ProLiner. The ProLiner can be expanded from a basic model up to a complex, high-performance system and can therefore be easily adapted to suit ever-changing production and market requirements. The reference list of ProLiners already sold only serves to underline that this new inserting system has generated great interest among newspaper printers in the few months since its market launch. Muller Martini announced that over 20 lines featuring the new system solution had already been sold.

Another convincing presentation was of the new Mailroom Production Control (MPC) system. This mailroom control system enables the efficient and clear control of an entire mailroom logistics system.

The trade fair finished with very positive results for Muller Martini: many interesting discussions were held with guests and decision-makers about ongoing and future partnerships.

For additional information visit: www.mullermartini.com or use the logo link on our Home Page. Muller Martini is represented throughout Southern Africa by Thunderbolt Solutions. Visit: www.thunderbolt.co.za.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 17 October 2007.

Presstek 52DI receives Best Innovative Technology Award
Presstek 52DI's quality and chemistry-free production draw enthusiastic response at Printshow in Romania…

The Presstek 52DI digital offset press received the Best Innovative Technology Award during Printshow, a major print and packaging fair, which took place in Bucharest, Romania from 19 - 22 September 2007. This coveted annual award is given to solutions that reflect latest technological advancement in printing.

Printshow was the debut for the Presstek 52DI press in Romania and the award validated that Pressek's DI technology is perceived as a leading edge solution in the Eastern Europe print industry. Prosystem Print, Presstek's distributor in Romania, reports that their DI press demonstrations during Printshow were extremely well received by attendees.

Karoly Racz, managing director at Prosystem Print, commented, ‘The Presstek 52DI generated an exceptional level of interest from visitors - they were impressed by its print quality, speed and ease-of-use. This award has drawn greater awareness to the advantages of DI and Presstek's complete digital solutions to automate print production.’

An increasing number of Eastern European print shops are exploring how to cost-effectively integrate chemistry-free production, while boosting productivity and print quality. Romanian printers were attracted to the Presstek 52DI's environmentally friendly, efficient, and easy-to-use operation. Presstek's DI presses offer chemistry-free platemaking, waterless printing and substantially less waste than conventional printing processes. Specifically, the DI's ability to go from file to sellable colour within 20 sheets greatly reduces paper waste.

Stan Najmr, DI director Presstek Europe, stated that Presstek is making strong inroads in the Russian, Romanian and Polish markets, ‘Customers appreciate Presstek's portfolio of environmentally friendly digital solutions because there is no trade-off in ease-of-use or quality. The Presstek 52DI, a fully automated B3 press, delivers top print quality and very high productivity. For example, our customer Takt in Poland printed approximately one million impressions in the first four weeks after the delivery of their new digital offset press. DI users are reaping benefits in terms of profits as well as increased productivity."

Based on his observations during Printshow in Bucharest, Najmr believes that Presstek is well positioned to grow its DI business as well as capture greater CTP market share. ‘Our new Dimension450 Excel-AL received lot of attention from owners of conventional presses,’ said Najmr. ‘Presstek CTP systems provide the reliability, versatility, speed, and quality that printers need -especially mid-size and smaller shops- while automating key steps and eliminating time-consuming prepress procedures.’

During Printshow, Presstek's distributor fielded a number of queries from printers about how DI could increase their overall productivity and profitability. According to PIA/GATF estimates, the cost of paper accounts for 22 per cent of a printer's sales revenues, thus implementing a Presstek DI has a direct correlation to profitability. In general, job profitability is 13 per cent higher on a DI compared to a conventional press, and compared to a toner-based digital device, the DI press saves 50 per cent on average per letter size page.

The Presstek 52DI delivers superior quality printing of up to 10,000 impressions per hour at 300lpi and supports FM screening without incurring additional time or expense. Total makeready is accomplished in approximately 10 minutes, including plate imaging and coming up to color within about 20 sheets. The waterless technology of the landscape format 52DI press, in addition to the unique 2:1 roll out ratio of the 52DI's ink train, provide the benefits of unparalleled ink coverage and the ability to print solids more easily. The Presstek 52DI's landscape orientation and 520mm design (520 x 375mm) supports efficient sheet utilisation and addresses a wider range of applications.

Presstek's DI presses have received numerous awards for their technical innovation:
•EDP- European Digital Press Association awarded Presstek 52DI as best product of the year 2007 in the category 'Printing Engines'.
•The Golden Product award at Printing+Packing 2006, which took place in Bratislava, Slovakia from September 26 – 29. The award recognised the Presstek 52DI press as one of the most innovative new products exhibited at the show.
•BAPC (British Association of Print and Communication) nominated the Presstek 34DI digital offset press 'Product of the Year' at its Annual Conference held 29 September, 2006.

For more information visit: www.presstek.com

© Graphic Repro On-line, 17 October 2007,

Goss International at Ipex South Asia next week
Advanced web offset solutions and the introduction of a new M-800 32-page Goss commercial press model…

Goss International will focus on the benefits of its wide-ranging commercial web product portfolio at the first Ipex South Asia exhibition, 24 – 27 October in New Delhi, India. In addition to the popular 16-page Goss M-500 and M600 presses, the Goss stand will highlight the new 32-page double-circumference M-800 press.

According to Tim Mercy, vice president for commercial press sales in the Asia-Pacific region, the creation of the new Ipex South Asia trade show recognizes the increased importance of this region within the global graphic arts industry. The Goss products in the spotlight at Ipex South Asia demonstrate the company’s response to this development and the growing emphasis on productivity and quality in many of the South Asian markets.

'Goss International has the most advanced and dependable press technology, delivering the highest value for printers of all different sizes, requirements and aspirations,' confirmed Mercy. 'Web printing provides obvious benefits in terms of production speeds and the print quality, efficiency and waste reduction features of Goss web presses today give web offset a competitive advantage over sheetfed printing for many short-run applications in this region.

'The 4x4 M-800 press is an important addition to the portfolio, introducing a unique combination of value and performance advantages to the double-circumference commercial press sector,' remarked Mercy.

The new two-around Goss M-800 press utilises proven design elements from existing Goss presses, including Sunday systems. The highly productive press can be equipped with a JF-70 Collect folder to print up to 35,000 32-page signatures per hour in collect production or 70,000 16-page signatures in straight production. The M-800 press incorporates inking and dampening systems, multidrive, an in-line cylinder stack and bearer-less cylinders from the productive Goss Sunday press range.

Also highlighted on the stand will be the Goss M-500 press (pictured above). Designed for value, versatility and high print quality, it is available in cut-offs from 546 mm to 598mm and in web widths of 914mm or 965mm. It features a 1:1 in-line cylinder stack, 14-roll ink train, one or two web configuration options and a choice of Goss folders to produce up to 18 formats. Twelve-page and eight-page M-500 press models are also available.

To enhance productivity, M-500, M-800 and M-600 presses are equipped with Goss Omnicon controls. Goss Web Center workflow modules, including the Omni Makeready system, are designed to automate production for faster start-ups and reduced waste.

Mercy maintains that value and straightforward designs make the Goss M-500 and M-800 presses easy to own and operate, and that the presses give printers complementary one- and two-around Goss press options with four-page web widths.

For high productivity and automation in the 16-page press range, Goss International offers the M-600 press. Thomson Press in Mumbai, the largest commercial printer in Southern Asia, recently invested in a Goss M-600 D press for high speed and quality at its Navi Mumbai site. The company installed the first ‘D’ model M-600 press in India, operating at speeds up to 70,000 iph, and featuring multidrive technology, as well as Goss Autoplate automatic plate changing for faster makereadies and the ability to print shorter runs competitively.

Goss International maintains a strong market position in the commercial printing industries in India and other Asian markets. The Goss M-600 and Sunday web press systems are prevalent, with distinctive print quality, productivity and reliability features. Goss International also offers partnership and added value to customers through the Goss Lifetime Support 24/7 aftermarket service and reliable services from a network of local agents in the region.

To learn about the latest innovations and technology from Goss, please join a Goss technology update seminar session to be held at 11:30 am on the show opening day, 24 October, in the seminar theatre at the show site (in Hall 5).

© Graphic Repro On-line, 17 October 2007.

32 job changes in a single shift on an XL 105
The Speedmaster XL 105 with Prinect Inpress Control, at Grafisch Bedrijf Tuijtel in The Netherlands…

32 job changes in a single shift. How is that possible? Thanks to the combination of a Speedmaster XL 105 and the colour measuring system Prinect Inpress Control.

For Tuijtel, a commercial printer in The Netherlands, the fast processing of small- and medium-sized print volumes is an important and growing segment. Presently, roughly 30 per cent of all its jobs involve special colours, and the share is increasing. Top productivity and extremely short makeready times are the most important success factors in this field. Therefore, Tuijtel had only one choice: a Speedmaster XL 105-5 with coating unit from Heidelberg.

Since 1904, the family business with approximately 70 employees has mainly been active for companies in the Rotterdam region. Moreover, five per cent of Tuijtel’s production output is exported to Great Britain, Ireland, and Belgium. The portfolio of the printing company is made up of typical commercial products for fashion companies, shipbuilding companies, agencies, and publishing houses.

Right from the start, Tuijtel opted for Prinect Image Control with which the entire print sheet can be measured spectrally. That makes it possible to control the colour zones precisely, according to the values measured on the printing forme. Moreover, the colorimetric values are ideal for the colour management system, as well as for checking and adjusting the characteristic printing curve. A total of four Speedmaster presses are connected to it.

Together with the new flagship, another measuring device should be purchased. At that time, Heidelberg demonstrated Prinect Inpress Control to the manager Albert Tuijtel - the first spectrophotometer that measures and controls inside the press, so there is almost no need to pull sheets. 'The system truly amazed us in a short time. With Prinect Inpress Control we can achieve makeready at 18,000 sheets per hour. Thanks to the combination of Speedmaster XL 105 with Inpress Control, our productivity has increased by well over 30 per cent,' said Tuijtel. 'With our standardised colour management processes according to ISO 12647-2 and inline colour and register measuring, many jobs are virtually OK as soon as the press has started up,' he confirmed.

Of all makeready processes in the field, most time is obviously spent on adjusting the colour and register. Shortening this process step means reducing the whole procedure dramatically. Heidelberg has made the right technology available for that purpose - a blend of productivity, flexibility, and top quality in a press - the Speedmaster XL 105 with Prinect Inpress Control.

Pictured above: A Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105 press similar to the one at Tuijtel.

Additional information can be found at: www.tuijtel.com.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 17 October 2007.

ProImage OnColor Eco saves ink at Bold Printing
Swedish printing group reduces ink consumption, cost and carbon footprint with ink savings of more than 15 per cent…

The Bold Printing Group is one of Northern Europe’s leading newspaper print suppliers and last year printed more than 40 titles with a total of approximately 850 million copies using lots of ink.

Having installed ProImage NewsWay production workflow automation software at its print plants at Dnex, Stockholm, Borås Tidnings Tryckeri in Borås, and at Sydsvenskan Tryck in Malmö on its KBA and MAN Roland web presses, to gain efficiency throughout the group. Bold Printing Group has now returned to VBS, ProImage partner in Scandinavia, to help it further reduce costs. This time the group has implemented ProImage’s revolutionary OnColor Eco ink saving software.

'OnColor Eco reduces ink consumption, and therefore our carbon footprint,' said Conny Bergkvist, prepress manager Bold Printing Group AB. 'Ink savings of more than 15 per cent are already being achieved on our presses whilst we are maintaining the highest possible print quality.'

The ink saving solution for the Bold Printing Group consists of three OnColor Eco servers situated at Dnex, the group’s central prepress facility. Here they are tightly integrated into, and load balanced by, the NewsWay workflow system. OnColor Eco automatically analyses PDF files and determines the exact amount of ink needed to produce the optimum print quality.

The workflow is fully automated with products being assigned different processing setups to ensure optimised output depending upon matters such as different priorities, products, and the paper quality on which they are to be printed.

'Incoming files are mainly paired PDF tabloid pages. The average processing time for each file is 20 seconds which provides a possible peak load of 540 files per hour across all three servers, which gives us plenty of spare capacity,' said Bergkvist.

To find out more about Bold Printing Group, visit: www.boldprinting.se. For additional information on ProImage NewsWay, visit: www.newsway.com.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 17 October 2007.

Inca Spyder 320+ signals new era for Signwaves
Great Yarmouth-based screen printer has branched out into digital with the installation of an Inca Spyder 320+…

Driven by the need to provide customers with a more economical service when conducting short run jobs, Great Yarmouth-based screen printer Signwaves, has branched out into digital with the installation of an Inca Spyder 320+ six-colour flatbed UV inkjet printer purchased from UK distributor Fujifilm Sericol.

As a direct result of installing the Spyder 320+, the company has won additional work from smaller businesses looking to produce affordable short runs of between ten and twenty-five units. It also ensures the company retains its existing customer base including well-known brands such as Boots, Pizza Hut, Sainsbury's and Starbucks by streamlining the production of both indoor and outdoor display applications. These include pavement signs printed onto aluminium; forecourt banners printed onto polyester based mesh; and point of sale materials printed onto acrylic.

Said Steve Markham, production manager at Signwaves, 'Taking just half an hour to produce 25 panels; compared to an entire day if the same job was produced on our company's screen printing equipment; means high-quality, large-format printing is now a viable option for every prospective customer, no matter what volumes they want. This is because the Spyder 320+ is able to jet six colours directly onto rigid, as well as flexible substrates and once applied, the Fujifilm Sericol digital Uvijet UV inks do not require post print processing such as varnishing or laminating, even for outdoor applications.

'The savings in labour and consumables mean reduced prices for our customers. In addition, we no longer have to outsource our high-quality, short run work to a third party company so the Spyder 320+ has increased our profit margins by giving us a better return on each job.'

With its 3.2 x 1.6 metre bed, Inca's Spyder 320+ is capable of taking on even the largest format work, but Signwaves rarely uses the system to print work at full bed size. Instead, the company frequently lays a number of smaller format jobs onto the Spyder's bed simultaneously, which thanks to the Inca printer's accurate motion and registration system; enables them to further enhance productivity by making full use of the whole print area. The Spyder 320+ prints up to a maximum of 80 sq/m hour, which equates to just over 15 full bed sheets an hour or 45 sheets when printing 3 off 1524 x 1016mm sized sheets for example.

The six-colour Spyder 320+ is available with CMYK plus white or CMYK plus light cyan and light magenta, which was chosen by Signwaves. The additional light colours produce smoother colour transitions that minimise the graininess of light colours such as skin tones.

'We chose to have the two extra colours in order to provide radiant and more vibrant results particularly for our retail customers in the cosmetics trade, as some of the material they produce is viewed at close distances in stores,' continued Markham. 'If we require white, metallic or other special colours, we first print the substrates with our screen systems and can then transfer the work to the Spyder 320+.'

Signwaves was established in 1989, employs 79 staff and has an annual turnover of £7 million. The company is currently experiencing a period of growth and has recently added 760 sq/metres to its premises for warehousing purposes.

To see some of Inca's high impact industrial applications in more detail visit: www.whynotinkjet.com#www.whynotinkjet.com and for additional information: www.incadigital.com.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 17 October 2007.

For storm struck Severnprint: No water? No problem
Fujifilm’s Brillia PRO-T processless plate saved the day, when suffering the impact of the worst storms in years…

Fujifilm’s Brillia PRO-T processless plate has saved the day for Severnprint, a Gloucestershire printer suffering the impact of the worst storms to hit the area in years.

Faced with at least 10 days without water, Severnprint was able to turn to Fuji’s processless plate which requires no water in production. Consequently, the printer was able to print normally during the time the company was without water.

'Without Fuji’s PRO-T plate we would have been facing a nightmare scenario,' said Lyndon Murray, prepress manager (pictured above). “We’re an extremely busy printer and having to shutdown or outsource over a ten day period would have been disastrous.

'We had only recently installed PRO-T, and our plan was not to put the plates into full production until the Autumn. However, with no water, we had no option but to start using the plates immediately. I’m delighted to say that the switch was absolutely hassle-free, without any quality issues and we were able to print normally throughout the ten day period.'

In 1990, Severnprint became one of the first printers to develop an environmental policy. Since then concern for the environment has been at the heart of Severnprint’s business plans and investment decisions. It became the UK’s first commercial user of reusable electricity in 1995 and, today, buys 100 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources. Over 60 per cent of all paper used by the company is recycled and Severnprint was one of the first printers to win ISO14001 accreditation and FSC certification.

Murray added, 'Our decision to use processless plates was driven by our environmental policy. By using PRO-T we are able to eliminate the use of water and processing chemistry and will no longer have to dispose of waste materials. We calculate that PRO-T will help us reduce our water usage by 400,000 litres per year and chemistry usage by 2,000 litres.'

Founded in 1977, Severnprint is based in Gloucester and employs 73 staff. It has a wide customer base mainly from the manufacturing and financial services sectors. With a range of presses, the company can handle work ranging from single colour jobs to specialist six-colour high-quality marketing materials.

Compatible with most thermal (830nm) platesetters and approved for 1 per cent – 99 per cent at 200lpi conventional, 300lpi hybrid and FM screening, Brillia PRO-T is a non-ablative plate that carries a latent image with distinct contrast allowing visual inspection after imaging. Brillia PRO-T only needs an imaging power very close to Fuji’s existing, market leading, thermal processed plate at 120mJ/cm2, resulting in the same production speeds. Supporting run lengths up to 100,000 impressions, it will comfortably meet the demands of most commercial printers, and can be handled under daylight conditions.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 17 October 2007.

How is a press made?
Heidelberg's latest publication for download, provides extensive information on its press manufacture and makes compelling reading…

Heidelberg’s latest 136-page publication in PDF format that describes the processes for making a press is available for you to download. It makes fascinating and compelling reading. A sheetfed offset press is a high-tech device consisting of up to 100,000 parts and components. The work that takes place along the production chain has to be accurate to within a thousandth of a millimetre and error-free. The end product, which consists of up to 50 tons of cast iron and electronics, has to function with greater precision than a Swiss watch.

In various sections, the text describes the different steps from the customer enquiry to the assembled and ready-to-use press. It details the core areas of expertise, commitment to innovation, and the quality system in the world’s largest offset printing press factory. Heidelberg develops data for production planning from customer requirements and business deals. Components with Heidelberg know-how such as side frames, cylinders, gears, rollers, and electronics are manufactured in the company’s own production network at sites in Amstetten, Brandenburg, and Wiesloch-Walldorf. Some 60 per cent of the components are obtained from development partners and approved suppliers or as standard parts from the market.

With the exception of one small- and medium-format series of presses produced for the Chinese market in Qingpu near Shanghai, Heidelberg assembles all of its presses at the Wiesloch-Walldorf site to meet worldwide demand. At the plant, each press is constructed, test-printed, and subjected to other thorough tests. The press system cannot begin its journey to the customer until it has fulfilled strict print quality criteria.

'Our mission is to be the best press manufacturer worldwide,' says Stephan Plenz (pictured above), head of the Heidelberg production network, outlining his aims. The interview with Stephan Plenz contained in the document focuses on employee know-how and the Heidelberg Production System (HPS) with its continuous improvement process. Significant coverage is given to issues such as training, quality, and technology development.

Readers will find detailed information on topics such as the very large-format, which is a new press series from Heidelberg, the production site in Asia, products for the postpress sector, and the World Logistics Centre (WLC). Finally, the basic press text charts the 50-year history of the Wiesloch-Walldorf plant and sets out the basic principles of offset printing.

To download the Heidelberg Production Network 136-page publication, which is a ‘must read’ for everyone involved in our industry, and provides a fascinating and comprehensive insight into the world’s largest press manufacturer, please Click here to go to our Online Features 2007 downloads section where you will find an Adobe PDF download link. We just wish to warn you that it is 5.92Mb in total – so depending on your connection speed, it could take several minutes – but really well worth the effort, we promise you. You will not be disappointed in the slightest.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 16 October 2007.

Audi Q7 wins Sappi Print Media Efficiency Award
The Sappi Print Media Efficiency Award for 2007 goes to German car manufacturer Audi and the Kempertrautmann agency…

Sappi, the global producer of coated fine paper for the communications industry, has awarded its 2007 Sappi Print Media Efficiency Award to German car manufacturer Audi and advertising agency Kempertrautmann for their campaign introducing the new Audi Q7 sports utility vehicle. The campaign integrated print, TV, Internet and CRM activities to support the launch of the premium SUV in the German, Italian and Spanish markets in March 2006.

Sappi presented the award in Brussels as part of the 2007 EACA (European Association of Communications Agencies) Euro Effie Awards. These recognise effective European cross-border communications and the Q7 campaign also claimed the gold Euro Effie in the automotive category.

According to Marco Eikelenboom, Sappi's European director marketing and sales, ‘We created the Sappi Print Media Efficiency Award especially for the Euro Effies to stimulate thinking about the efficiency of integrated marketing communications. As campaigns become more integrated, we are now seeing an increasing percentage of budgets allocated to print media. The Audi Q7 campaign clearly demonstrated its efficiency by generating 15,000 confirmed pre-orders for the SUV prior to its launch. Also it enabled Audi to exceed its first year's sales targets by 10.2 per cent.’

One of the key reasons that Audi and Kempertrautmann chose to devote around 40 per cent of the budget to print was because the target audience of success-oriented leadership figures value and trust print advertising. Pan-European and national daily newspapers, automotive and business magazines were selected as the main print media. Large-format, twin-page advertisements used exciting angles to show legendary quattro rally cars driving on sand, ice and rain-drenched streets. The Audi Q7 was then dynamically depicted driving on the same surfaces, highlighting its sporty nature and high performance quattro technology.

Both TV and print advertising was tasked with familiarising the target group with the special 'Q7 Globe' Website, sparking curiosity and generating an address list of potential buyers. The would-be customers were subsequently followed up with highly personalised direct mail. The print advertising caused visitors to the Audi website to skyrocket, almost doubling the number of visits compared to before the campaign. This enabled Audi to assemble more than 200,000 addresses of potential buyers, clearly demonstrating print's ability to generate interest.

Studies showed that the Audi Q7 achieved the best image of any car in the premium SUV segment, clearly ahead of competitors such as the BMW X5, Porsche Cayenne and Range Rover Sport, and Audi acquired a far stronger 'sporty' image. The Q7 had reversed downward market trends in the SUV sector in both Germany and Italy, as well as accelerated market growth in Spain.

‘Audi's campaign demonstrates that print media remains an exceptional communication tool which often delivers better value for money than other media,’ commented Eikelenboom. ‘As a major producer of coated paper, we hope that the Sappi Print Media Efficiency Award encourages advertisers to fully explore the benefits of print media in promoting their products.’

Last year's Sappi Print Media Efficiency Award was won by Japanese car manufacturer Toyota for its pan-European environmental campaign 'Aim: Zero emissions'.

Sappi papers are produced in mills accredited with ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and EMAS certification and Sappi is the first paper company in Europe to hold chain-of-custody certification for its entire European operations under both the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) schemes.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 16 October 2007.

KBA DriveTronic SPC market launch in Austria
Rapida 105 with direct drive debuted in real production condition to the Austrian market at KB-Offset in Regau…

Exactly a week after the first presentation of the plate cylinder direct drive technology DriveTronic SPC at the KBA sheetfed offset headquarters in Radebeul, a further 80 guests accepted an invitation to experience this innovative technology under real production conditions at KB-Offset Kroiss & Bichler in Regau, Upper Austria, on 28 September.

KB-Offset is still a relatively young company and was originally founded in neighbouring Vöcklabruck as a family-run business with just two employees in 1960. The print operations were moved to new premises in Regau in 1995, and two expansions have since brought the available production space up to 7,500 sq/m. In the meantime, some 40 printing units have been installed, mainly in medium-format, and KB-Offset today counts around 100 employees, the vast majority of whom work directly in customer relations and project handling. The guiding principle for the whole staff is to guarantee ultimate customer orientation. The centrepiece in the printshop is the ten-colour Rapida 105 installed in December 2006 in a five-back-five perfector configuration with SIS infeed, automatic ink supplies, DensiTronic S colour measurement and control system, and DriveTronic SPC for simultaneous plate changing. At the time of the open house, the new press had already clocked up 18 million impressions.

Actually, it was only a matter of time before KB-Offset installed a sheetfed press from Radebeul. After all, visitors are greeted in the reception area by an historical copy of the so-called Sachsenspiegel, one of the most important legal codes of the German Middle Ages, which similarly has its origins in Saxony.

High print and finishing capacities
With folding capacity for up to 12 folds, gang-stitchers with six to eight stations, trimming, binding and gluing machines, facilities for personalisation and addressing, and automatic packing lines, the finishing department is also geared to high-capacity production. Even so, the enormous increase in print volume thanks to the Rapida 105, with its high-speed output already printed in five colours on both sides of the sheet after a single pass, has on occasions still resulted in finishing bottlenecks. Most of the remaining 30 printing units are divided among four and five-colour presses, some also with coating facilities.

KB-Offset produces mainly literature for the tourism branch and advertising materials for retailers, industry, commerce and the financial sector. The list of references contains not only the well-known names of international brand labels, but also representatives of the media industry, energy suppliers and leading advertising agencies from all over Austria.

DriveTronic SPC in theory and practice
In advance of the practical demonstrations in the KB-Offset print centre, KBA vice-president for sheetfed sales Ralf Sammeck welcomed the guests in the nearby Robinson Club hotel in Ampflwang to explain the development strategies pursued at KBA to achieve further makeready savings on sheetfed offset presses and to establish a basis for CIM-oriented production in the print centre of the future. Jürgen Veil then expounded the theoretical background to the DriveTronic SPC technology and put his listeners in the right expectant mood for the subsequent visit to KB-Offset. (see also the two feature articles in our Online Features 2007 section for October, also relating to DriveTroic SPC in greater depth).

During the practical presentation of DriveTronic, the guests from Austria, South Germany and Poland were able to witness four job changeovers under production conditions in well less than 30 minutes, and at the same time gained an insight into one of the most modern and fastest-growing print companies in the country. A total of 32 plates were changed to handle the four jobs. Jürgen Veil, head of sheetfed offset marketing at KBA, provided a running commentary on the progress of the demonstrations, and explained the enormous time savings with the combination of simultaneous plate changing and automation features to enable parallel handling of the further job changeover processes.

An extensive programme of sporting activities and culinary specialities from the Upper Austrian region rounded off the event.

Pictured above: Printer Markus Distler ran the ten-colour Rapida 105 during the live show and produced four demanding jobs in just 25 minutes.

Website of interest: www.kb-offset.at

© Graphic Repro On-line, 16 October 2007.

Agfa’s new violet plates at Mediaprint beta site
Austria's largest privately-owned publishing company first to use Agfa's new violet chemistry-free digital plates…

Agfa Graphics announced at IfraExpo, that its new line of violet chemistry-free digital plates is now in use at Austria's largest privately-owned publishing company, Mediaprint. The non-ablative plates, which work with low-power, reliable violet diodes, produce exceptionally strong image contrast and no on-press contamination. Ifra attendees were able to see the new Agfa plate technology on the Agfa stand, as well as having the option to visit Mediaprint during the show to see the technology in a live newspaper production environment.

The new violet plates eliminate the high-pH developers commonly used in platemaking, which is better for the environment, removing the variables that often arise in traditional plate processing.

‘We are delighted with the results of our new violet chemistry-free digital plates. We are seeing run lengths of 200,000 combined with excellent quality and press performance. With the elimination of developers and processing variables, the highest possible levels of consistency become a practical reality,’ said Agfa Graphics' Andy Grant, worldwide newspaper segment manager.

‘There are important environmental benefits, too, and when those are combined with the plates' reliability and lost-cost of operation, what we have is exactly what newspaper production personnel have been waiting for,’ added Grant. ‘Our research shows a strong need for this kind of digital plate technology at commercial and newspaper printers around the world.’

Mediaprint, which began operations in 1988 and currently has more than 2000 employees, prints a wide range of newspapers, including four dailies, one of which has a circulation of over one million.

While the new plates are being used in Mediaprint's rigorous printing environment, they will continue to be run through many more tests by Agfa Graphics before availability is expanded. The violet chemistry-free plates will be available in the second quarter of 2008.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 16 October 2007.

Agfa's Ink Optimisation demonstrated at Ifra
Saves ink, cuts production costs, maintains superior quality…

Customers of Agfa Graphics’ newest ink optimisation software, Arkitex OptiInk, are achieving impressive results in both cost savings and print quality, meeting and exceeding their initial expectations. This fully automatic software solution was demonstrated at IfraExpo last week.

Results from initial newspaper publishing sites around the world have been extremely positive. OptiInk helps newspapers with their most significant challenges today-reducing costs while simultaneously improving productivity and quality. OptiInk is frequently mentioned as 'the perfect fit.'

‘Since we started using OptiInk we are seeing significant annual ink savings,’ said Ronald Sonnleitner, prepress manager at Landesverlag Druckservice, a major newspaper printer in Austria. ‘It visibly increases the quality of our printed output, and the reduction of total ink coverage has decreased the frequency of smudging on opposite pages.’

‘OptiInk reduced our ink usage and paid for itself rather quickly,’ noted Poul Erik Clausen, director of the printing department at Denmark's Nordjyske Medier. ‘It improved print quality by reducing set-offs and eliminated the quality problems that we had with dark elements.’

Other reports from Agfa customers indicate that OptiInk results in reduced fan-out, reduced drying times, reduced visual impact in the case of mis-registration, and an increase in press stability.

Arkitex OptiInk automatically converts colour spaces to ensure consistent printed colours. It uses Smart Input Space Recognition technology (SISR) that assigns an input profile when the profile is not provided in the PDF file, effectively addressing an issue that has been the cause of many PDF colour problems. Arkitex OptiInk can also be configured to automatically convert spot colours into CMYK colour space.

In addition to the Ifra demonstrations, Agfa's most recent OptiInk customer in Austria, MediaPrint, showcased the software's functionality as an integral part of a larger Agfa system running live at the MediaPrint production plant, to which Ifra visitors were invited.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 16 October 2007.

Labelexpo Europe 2007 breaks all records
Labelexpo Europe 2007, which took place 26 - 29 September in Brussels, surpassed all its records this year…

Labelexpo Europe 2007, which took place 26 - 29 September in Brussels, surpassed all its records this year, in terms of visitors, exhibitors and equipment sales. This makes Labelexpo Europe 2007 the largest and most successful label event ever to have taken place.

In total, 24,752 visitors from 114 countries attended this year's show - an increase of 7 per cent over the 2005 event. This included large delegations from Australia, Brazil, China, India, Japan, Russia, South Africa, Turkey and the Middle East.

An incredible 66 per cent of visitors extended their visit by at least a day (compared to 2005), which meant that the daily attendance was significantly higher than the overall figures suggest.

Of the 511 exhibitors at the show, an astonishing 145 were exhibiting for the first time, showing the continuing growth and development of the industry. Exhibitors reported a marked increase in machinery and material sales and, by the end of the show, 85 per cent of exhibiting space had already been rebooked for Labelexpo Europe 2009 - the show's highest rebooking rate yet.

Seminar sessions
In order to give visitors the opportunity to see as much of the technology on display, the traditional conference program was condensed to three keynote presentations, presented by Mike Fairley and Andy Thomas.

The topics covered were:
•Challenging our business - today's RFID and environmental opportunities
•The European and global label markets - trends, opportunities and issues
•The future of label converting - materials, technology, solutions and management

Over 500 people attended these sessions, making them some of the most popular ever presented at a Labelexpo event.

Label Industry Global Awards
Over 600 people attended the gala dinner and award ceremony at Autoworld Brussels on the first night of the show.

The following winners were announced:
R. Stanton Avery Lifetime Achievement Award: Andrew Jack, Dow Corning
Label Industry Award for Continuous Innovation: Rotoflex International
Label Industry Award for New Innovation: AVT
European Converter of the Year Award: Schreiner Group
Information regarding the Awards has been released separately.

New for 2009 - the Digital Experience
A major development for Labelexpo Europe 2009 - announched at this year's event - is the creation of the Digital Experience in Hall 9. This hall will be opened to exhibitors in 2009 and will have a strong focus on digital technology. Within a week after its announcement, over 70 per cent the available space had already been booked by suppliers including HP, Xeikon, Epson, EFI and Grafisk. The event is currently looking at ways of making more space available.

India Label Show acquisition
During the opening press conference, Roger Pellow, Labelexpo managing director, announced the acquisition of the India Label Show, which is taking place 3 - 6 December 2008 in New Delhi. This was quickly followed by several large new bookings for the show. The acquisition will pave the way for the further development of the event, in one of the world's fastest growing label markets.

New publication - Label Converting in Europe
The results of a new converter survey (conducted in August 2007) was published for the first time at the show. Forming the basis for one of the seminar sessions, Label Converting in Europe analyses the key trends and technologies in Europe.

Said Roger Pellow, Labelexpo managing director, said, 'Labelexpo Europe 2007 was the largest label event ever to have taken place, and we are pleased to have been the showcase for a number of exciting new technologies. The many new exhibitors and large international delegations show the healthy state of our industry, which continues to grow steadily.

'This event is really the industry's meeting place where everyone comes together to do business, to learn and to meet friends - old and new. I would like to thank everyone involved with Labelexpo Europe for their help and support. The visitors, exhibitors, media and associations have all contributed to make this the most successful Labelexpo to date.'

© Graphic Repro On-line, 16 October 2007.

Advance Printing takes SA's first Screen Truepress
First South African Truepress sale set to double turnover for Advance Printing Company in Johannesburg…

Advance Printing Company, South Africa, is on track to double its R7,2m annual turnover (approx £500,000) since becoming the first company in Africa to install Screen's Truepress 344 digital offset press.

The Johannesburg-based company reports the new press attracted R150,000 worth of business during its first week in production as it opened up a gap in the market with its ability to economically print runs of between 350 - 5000.

Damon Greville, managing director of Advance, said, 'Since installing the Truepress 344, we have attracted extra business from companies looking to save when printing lower volumes. Our digital printer is great for runs of up to 350 but producing any more than that gets expensive and we obviously have to pass such costs on to the customer, which we want to avoid. In addition; due to the makereadies involved; it is not practical to produce anything under 3000 with our traditional A2 offset machine, as it is necessary to print higher volumes in order to achieve the economies of scale required to make this method financially viable.

'Thanks to the fact the Truepress 344 negates the plate making process by imaging on press; we are now able to efficiently produce lithographically printed material at the touch of a button. It makes traditional offset printing seem like something of the past.'

The Truepress 344 images at 2400dpi resolution and prints using the conventional offset process with standard inks and water. The device also comes with a number of automated features; such as ink and dampening control, pressure adjustment and paper presets; which contribute to the technology's user-friendliness and its ability to achieve fast job change-over. The Truepress 344 also includes a self-cleaning function, which enhances productivity by allowing the system to swap between jobs in just six minutes. This offers remarkable time-savings as a conventional press operator would typically be required to spend half an hour or more washing up between runs.

Advance is using the Truepress 344 to produce a range of commercial materials for clients operating in financial, retail, government, manufacturing and medical sectors including business stationery, annual reports, flyers, leaflets and invitations. The company will also use its new system to produce four-colour paperback book covers, which, in order to make it to the bookshelves, need to be sharp, bold and printed to an exceptionally high quality.

The company was first introduced to the Truepress 344 through Screen's 'Take 5 Challenge' initiative, headed up in South Africa by distributor Kemtek Imaging Systems in its Johannesburg showrooms. The initiative offered printers the opportunity to witness a Truepress in action and see how its five main characteristics eg fast makeready, quality, ease-of-use, flexibility and automation, can make a business more productive. After seeing the system demonstrated, Greville asked to take the machine back with him there and then!

Greville said, 'I didn't want to wait for a new Truepress 344 to be delivered as I could clearly see how the system would benefit our business. I knew that every day without it would mean we were missing out on precious revenue. Thankfully Kemtek was accommodating enough to allow us to buy their own machine and have it delivered to our factory within days.

'After the Truepress 344 was installed, we wanted to get a deeper understanding into the capabilities of our new machine. We decided to conduct our own challenge by comparing production times with another local printer: to compare it's most productive B3 conventional press with the Screen Truepress 344. The results were very reassuring: The Truepress 344 won hands down when it came to producing shorter run jobs and; due to its ability to makeready so quickly; turned around four 1,000 run four-colour, A3 print jobs in the time the offset press had managed one.

'The operator on the conventional offset press was held back imaging and loading plates, and making necessary adjustments to the press to ensure the output was accurate. These activities together took about forty minutes of the machine minder's time. We didn't have to worry about any of this as both plate imaging, loading and registration is carried out on the Truepress 344 automatically. This not only speeds up the printing procedure but also guarantees us incredible quality output every time."

Advance is a privately owned company with nineteen employees. It was established in 1945 and, as well as providing a full range of commercial printing services for its clients, the company offers die-cutting, embossing, folding, binding, silk screening, UV curing and a comprehensive portfolio of finishing services.

In addition to the Truepress 344 offset press, Advance has also installed Screen's Trueflow software as a means of connecting its digital, direct imaging and conventional offset presses via one software package. Greville anticipates the network, when up and running, will pre-flight files in a matter of seconds and will save around twenty minutes of operator time per job.

Pictured above: George Roux (left), and Damon Greville with their new Screen Truepress 344. Unfortunately the operator's name was not provided.

To find your local supplier of Screen technology and detailed information on all Screen products visit Screen's Website by using the banner or sponsor logo on our Home Page. Screen is represented throughout Southern Africa by Kemtek Imaging Systems at: www.kemtek.co.za. To find out more about Advance printing, visit: www.advance.co.za

© Graphic Repro On-line, 18 October 2007.

First HP Indigo press in Polish labelling market
Natalii of Rokietnica, has installed an HP Indigo press ws4500 - the first in Poland for labelling and packaging…

Natalii Sp. Zo.o of Rokietnica, Poland, has installed an HP Indigo press ws4500 - a first for the labelling and flexible packaging market in Poland.

Natalii specialises in the production of self-adhesive labels, in-mould labels, pouches, and self-adhesive tapes and shrink sleeves. The new HP Indigo press ws4500 will enable the company to offer high quality digital labels, printed in short-runs and on-demand. This installation is aimed at reducing Natalii's turnaround times and enables it to offer personalisation and other variable data services to new and existing customers. Natalii has been promoting its new services by using trans-promotional techniques in its monthly invoices.

'The HP Indigo press ws4500 has given us the opportunity to offer new applications and solutions to our customers,' said Natalia Zalaszewska, quality director, Natalii Sp. Zo.o. 'The variable data capability of the presses has been a key selling point and one very well received by our customers. The web-fed HP Indigo press ws4500 delivers flexo quality print and gives us access to HP's end-to-end solutions including finishing partners AB Graphic, which led us to identify the HP Indigo press ws4500 as the technology best suited to our needs.'

Trends in the labels market clearly favour digital printing. Run lengths are falling, with approximately 65 percent of jobs now below 2,000 metres. Such jobs are only marginally cost-effective on conventional presses as much time is spent in plate making, preparation, make-ready and running several hundred metres of start-up waste. In contrast, these jobs are ideal for digital printing. No plates are necessary; printers can now run digital jobs from the same files as they would make plates from, and there is no start-up waste.

In conjunction with the HP Indigo press ws4500, Natalii installed a Digicon near-line finishing solution from AB Graphic. The Digicon uses flexible, servo-driven tooling technology optimised for minimising waste and set-up times and is capable of running a wide range of materials.

'The ability to offer embossing and hot stamping finishes in conjunction with short-run, high quality variable data print, will enable us to stand out from competition,' said Zalaszewska. 'We have always been a forward-thinking company, and by maximising our investment in leading digital technology we can further differentiate ourselves from competitors.'

The HP Indigo press ws4XXX series has brought a combination of flexibility, versatility and profitability to label printers and converters. The HP Indigo press ws4500 is the latest in the series, and offers new features to improve workflow, ease of operation and save time.

Natalii's new press was supplied by HP's Polish distributor Digiprint, which specialises in the Polish label and flexible packaging market, and offers customers a full-service from expert personal consultations to sales, after-sales support and warranties.

'Over the last two years, we have seen a very big change in the digital label market in Poland, fuelled by the demand for short-run, print on-demand and variable data applications,' said Jaroslaw Smakosz, sales manager, Digiprint.

'HP has responded to this change with more application driven solutions and increased customer support, which in turn helps our business and those of our customers. In the digital label and flexible packaging market, there is no other company that can offer a full solution for such a wide range of applications as HP can.'

Natalii was established in 1985 and is a family-owned company. It employs 100 people at its premises in Rokietnica and offers flexo and digital label printing and a wide range of finishing services to clients across Poland, Germany and Russia.

Pictured above: From left to right: Marta Nowaczyk, founder; Natalia Zalaszewska, quality director; Artur Nowaczyk, vice president; and Tomasz Nowaczyk, founder and president.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 16 October 2007.

Seregni extends in Poland with Goss Uniliner tower
Goss selected by Seregni Printing Group for its versatile equipment and commitment to timescale…

The Italian contract printing group Seregni Printing Group has signed an order with Goss International to retrofit an existing press manufactured by another supplier with a Goss Uniliner four-high tower. The tower will be installed at one of the company’s subsidiary sites near Katowice in southern Poland.

The additional shaftless tower with a cut-off of 560mm will increase the capacity of the press to 64 full-colour tabloid pages through one folder or 32 full-colour pages running through two folders.

Seeking a quick installation, Seregni Printing Group selected Goss International to supply the extension based on previous experience. Giorgio Gariboldi, MD at Seregni Printing Group, commented, 'Our investment is in response to a specific customer requirement for increased colour, so time is a vital factor to this project. Goss International’s commitment to our tight timescale was the deciding factor in signing the order, as we are confident in their ability to deliver with minimum inconvenience.'

Seregni installed a three tower Goss Uniliner press at the Polish subsidiary head office in Warsaw in 2004 to print tabloid newspaper FAKT, and has previously added a Goss Uniliner tower to an existing press at its Milan site. Gariboldi asserted, 'The Uniliner press has been employed at our headquarters for nearly three years and we have found it to be both reliable and easy to operate while producing excellent quality.'

The Goss Uniliner double-width press is specifically designed for durability in high-volume newspaper printing operations. Incorporating a host of advanced features to ensure fast and consistent production, the modular design allows current, as well as future, printing requirements to be accommodated.

Jennifer N’Guyen, Goss International sales manager for Southern Europe added, 'We focus on achieving on-time, on-target projects. Colour or pagination can be increased on existing Goss or non-Goss presses in a very cost-effective way with Uniliner towers. Aided by the simplicity of shaftless drives, tower addition projects can replace existing mono footprints, or can be added in available space at the ends of a press line or within the press line itself with minimum disturbance.'

Gariboldi concluded, 'Goss co-ordinates all actions from the initial order to “press in production” and liaises with our own project team. The benefit for us is that we can respond to changing markets quickly and efficiently.'

The Seregni Printing Group is a part of the Gruppo Seregni, one of the largest commercial contract printers in Italy. The Gruppo Seregni is also the parent company of Stem Editoriale, SIES, STS, Sarprint and SPG Warsaw – all of whom are Goss press users.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 16 October 2007.

The Sappi International Printers of the Year 2007
The much anticipated 2007 gala event was held on Friday evening at the J F Kennedy Museum in Boston, USA…

The Sappi International Printers of the Year awards are the world's most prestigious accolades of excellence in print. Held each year in a different country, the much anticipated 2007 gala event was held on Friday, 12 October 2007 at the J F Kennedy Museum in Boston, in the United States.

Rated by those in the industry as the Oscars of print, the award ceremony recognises, rewards and honours the printers' craftsmanship and attention to their work. Each winner receives a coveted cast-bronze elephant trophy created by world-renowned sculptor Donald Greig, symbolising Sappi's South African heritage.

Sappi Chief Executive Officer, Ralph Boëttger congratulated the Sappi International Printers of the Year, saying, ‘In this, the third millennium of papermaking, these printers are setting new standards of exceptional quality in print and Sappi is proud to honour their achievements. I am sure that the winners, and indeed all the finalists, will enjoy the recognition of their peers as well as their clients.’

Over 6,000 entries were received from participating countries in this year's four qualifying regional Printers of the Year competitions. The categories were:

* Annual Reports * Books * Brochures * Calendars * Catalogues * General Print * Magazines (sheet and web) * Packaging and Labels * Printer's own Promotion

Regional gold award winners competed against each other in their respective categories and were judged by an international panel of judges, ensuring impartiality and the broadest spectrum of technical expertise in print. Each entry was judged on overall appearance, quality of finishing and general difficulty of the print job, as well as factors such as dot sharpness, ink density, registration, sheet size, paper weight, screen ruling, stitching and die cutting.

The nine overall winners were:

Annual Reports
Graphische Betriebe Eberl, Immenstadt, Germany, Europe

Drukkerij Matthys, Knokke Heist, Belgium, Europe

Graphic Press, City of Commerce, California, North America

Kal Press, Tel Aviv, Israel, Europe

Grupo Gráfico Romo, Mexico City, Mexico, Trading

General Print
Fontegrafica, Milan, Italy, Europe

Druckpartner Druck-und Medienhaus, Essen, Germany, Europe

Packaging and Labels
Atlas Printers, Durban, South Africa, Africa

Printer's own Promotion
Fontegrafica, Milan, Italy, Europe

In addition, the Triple Excellence award was presented to South African printer, Hot Dot Print (General Print), who won a gold award in the same category for three consecutive years.

Judged by an international panel of judges to ensure impartiality and the broadest spectrum of technical expertise in print, each entry was judged on overall appearance, quality of finishing and general difficulty of the print job, as well as factors such as dot sharpness, ink density, registration, sheet size, paper weight, screen ruling, stitching and die-cutting.

‘We were extremely impressed with the entries this year,’ said the judging panel consisting of Hubert Justine from Europe, Constance Sidles for North America, Mike Lumb from Africa and Carlos Alvarado from Mexico representing the Trading region. ‘The print standards and finish of the entries was outstanding. It was no simple task judging the ultimate winners.’

‘I congratulate this year's Sappi International Printers of the Year. They have benchmarked their work against that of top printers from around the world and are worthy recipients of the highest accolade a printer can receive in the global printing industry,’ said Sappi's chief executive officer, Ralph Boëttger. ‘With over 6,000 entries this year, the standard in print excellence was very high and the competition tough, which makes their achievement even more remarkable.’

The Sappi Printers of the Year awards which originated in Africa 29 years ago, was introduced in Europe 14 years ago, in North America 10 years ago and in the Trading region seven years ago.

To see photographs of all the this year’s winners receiving their awards, as well as the winning entries, please Click here for Sappi's 2007 winners.

You can also use the banner or Sappi printers of the Year sponsor logo on our Home Page to take you to the Printers of the Year section on the Sappi Website.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 14 and 15 October 2007.

Digital Print World opens tomorrow: Register for free entry
The biggest display of digital print technology is promised at DPW 07 which opens at Earls Court in London, tomorrow…

•Over 70 companies demonstrating latest digital print premedia, printing and finishing technologies
•Flagship digital presses & printers in action
•Features major first time exhibitors: InfoTec, OKI, Roland DG and InfoPrint
•The DPW Digital Debates premiere

When Digital Print World opens tomorrow (16 - 18 October, Earls Court, London, visitors will experience the biggest line up of digital print technology ever presented under one roof in London.

DPW 07 has attracted over 70 of the industry's key suppliers to demonstrate the benefits and power of dynamic digital print: ease of use, high quality, creativity and cost-effective fast production. The full range of digital print technology will be on show producing stunning large format display graphics, personalised marketing material, short run quality brochures and posters, books, Web-to-print and special effects. The world's flagship digital printers and presses will be in action, including: the Kodak NexPress, Canon ImagePress, HP Indigo, Konica Minolta bizhub Pro, Oce, Oki, Presstek 34 DI digital offset, Ricoh Aficio and Priport, Roland wide-format, Screen Truepress 344 digital offset and Xerox Docucolor.

'The interest in Digital Print World has hit record levels with over 20 per cent of companies exhibiting for the first time,' said Richard Gayle, DPW event director, IIR Exhibitions. 'This year we are staging the most comprehensive digital print showcase, from MIS, workflow and Web-to-print, to the widest range of digital printers and presses, and the best in digital finishing.'

DPW 07 show also features a wide selection of additional events designed to help visitors learn more about digital printing. 'The show has a winning formula which combines the best products and demonstrations with hands on technology workshops and practical business development, application guidance and marketing presentations. We have partnered with industry specialists and digital print experts to provide visitors with a choice of activities that they can get involved in to ensure they get the utmost value from visiting the show and the knowledge they need to make informed business and investment decisions,' explained Gayle.

DPW 07 initiatives include:

The DPW Digital Debates: premiere of two free interactive debates 'Are printers in control of their costs and processes?' (13.30-14.30 on Tuesday 16th October) and 'Truth or dare - all presses will be digital by 20xx'. (13.30-14.30 on Wednesday 17th October).

The XPLOR Document University Seminars: In depth master-classes demonstrating the power of digital print.

Tuesday, 16 October 2007:
10.20-13.15: 1:1 Marketing & integrated communications
14.30-17.25: Transition from litho to digital print

Wednesday, 17 October 2007:
10.20-13.15: The changing world of digital print
14.30-17.25: Documents beyond print

Full Booking Price: Xplor members: £75.00 incl.VAT/ Non-members £105.00 incl.VAT/ Student (student ID required) £35.00 incl. VAT. Visit http://www.xploruk.org.uk or call Xplor directly on +44 (0)1923 896037 to book.

BPIF Digital & Technical Advice centre: Expert impartial advice to printers on all aspects of digital printing.

PrintLondon: A partnership between the British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF) and the London Development Agency (LDA) aimed at supporting the innovative development of London's SME printing industry. Most SME businesses located in the 33 boroughs of London qualify for PrintLondon support. Visit the PrintLondon stand to find out how PrintLondon can assist your business.

PrintIT!: Promote the PrintIT! scheme to promote print to students.

Digital Ad Lab: Promotes and facilitates the effective and efficient digital workflows through the exchange of ideas, discussion and best practices at open industry meetings.

BAPC: Offering free memberships to printers at DPW 07 and promoting its annual conference in November.

For more information and to register for free to Digital Print World 2007, go to: www.digitalprintworld.co.uk/register or you can use the sponsor logo or banner links on our Home Page.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 15 October 2007.

Watkiss addresses set security with barcodes
New barcode reader guarantees set security for digital booklet making on its Document Finishing System…

Watkiss Automation has enhanced its Document Finishing System with the addition of a barcode reader, fitted as standard at no additional cost, to provide guaranteed set security for digital booklet making.

Always at the forefront of finishing technology and responsive to the needs of the market, Watkiss Automation has for several years offered a barcode reading option for its Document Finishing System (DFS).

Now, with the explosion in digital print and the huge uptake of variable data and personalised printing, the requirement for a barcode reader has become the rule rather than the exception.

To satisfy this demand, Watkiss is now providing its barcode reader as an integral part of the DFS for UK customers, rather than as an added option.

Paul Attew, the sales director for Watkiss said, 'We’ve offered it as an optional module for some time, but we recognise that absolute verification at sheet, set and document level is important, especially as more and more of our customers are producing customised or variable data print. By printing a barcode on each sheet, our system can guarantee that every set is correct.'

Where verifiable integrity is needed, the barcode reader provides multi-level security verification at sheet, set and job level. It can also control the insertion of covers and multiple additional sheets for customised sets. Users can configure the system to interpret the barcode characters as required and save the configurations in easy to recall job-memories.

This means that every sheet can be guaranteed accurate; and every set or job can be customised. Variable data can be extended beyond the printer to the finisher, with the potential for each set or document to include a different combination of additional inserted sheets.

The barcode position is flexible: with a minimum character height of 3.5mm and a 2mm minimum distance from the feed edge, the barcode can easily fit into the trim margin. Alternatively it can be positioned unobtrusively in the gutter (spine) when booklet making.

The Watkiss Document Finishing System is the perfect solution to the demands of the digital print environment. Operating online or nearline, the DFS takes pre-collated sheets directly from the printer and automatically processes them into high-quality booklets. If required, it also inserts additional sheets such as pre-printed covers.

The central colour touch screen interface controls the entire sheet feeding and booklet making system – this uniquely integrated control ensures easy set-up and recall of jobs.

The DFS incorporates two distinct ranges of booklet making equipment according to overall workload, run length and required production rate, either of which can be then be fed to an optional Automatic SpineMaster to produce SquareBack books, another Watkiss innovation.

Watkiss will also be exhibiting at Digital Print World, Earls Court, London this week. You can still register for free entry to the show.

Additional information on Watkiss can be found at: www.watkiss.co.uk

© Graphic Repro On-line, 15 October 2007.

Roland DG and PaperCo with new inkjet range at DPW
Roland and PaperCo to introduce the new range of Roland wide-format printers at Digital Print World tomorrow…

Roland DG and PaperCo will be using their joint attendance at Digital Print World as the first public outing for Roland’s recently launched range of wide-format printers specifically developed to meet the needs of the graphic arts industry. The Roland SolJet Pro III XJ-740 (pictured) and the Roland AdvancedJet AJ-740 – both introduced to the UK market in September this year – will be demonstrated throughout the course of the show, supported by Roland’s existing XC-540 wide-format printer/cutter.

Said Phil Tomlinson, digital product manager, PaperCo, 'This is the first time both PaperCo and Roland have attended Digital Print World and we are excited about the range of technologies and integrated solutions we will have on the stand during the show. PaperCo offers, in conjunction with Roland, a complete digital solution for print houses looking to purchase new wide-format printers. As a key dealer for Roland DG in the UK, we are able to offer Roland’s robust wide-format technology backed by an extensive range of media from PaperCo – a company that has a long and trusted heritage in the UK graphic arts market.

'We would encourage all visitors to the show to come onto the Roland DG /PaperCo stand and ask for a demonstration of the new Roland machines. They are an excellent addition to Roland’s product portfolio and in combination with PaperCo’s products, present a real opportunity for printers to offer additional high-value print services to their customers, enhance productivity and increase margins.'

AdvancedJet AJ-740
Designed for high-speed, quality digital printing, the AdvancedJet AJ-740 offers high-speed printing of up to 81 sq/m hr providing the power and productivity required for both high-volume and Print-On-Demand jobs. At 1880mm wide (74-inches), the AJ-740 supports the majority of media available making the machine ideally suited to a wide range of applications including billboards, banners, backlit and fleet graphics.

Incorporating Roland’s VersaWorks RIP software, the AJ-740 delivers brilliant six colour CMYK+LcLm graphics at an impressive maximum print speed of 81 sq/m hr and offers a precision print mode of 44m2/hr. Unlike other industrial printers, the AJ-740 runs with very little maintenance and fine tuning. Automated maintenance eliminates the need for daily manual cleanings and ensures consistent, reliable performance.

Roland SolJet Pro III XJ-740
The new Roland 1880mm (74-inch) XJ-740 digital printer and its sister the 1625mm (64-inch) XJ-640 are Roland’s fastest SolJet’s to date, combining exceptional print speeds with the ultimate in six-colour CMYK+LcLm image quality. The XJ series printers have a maximum print speed of up to 42.6m sq/m hr and stunning image quality in every print mode. With the XJ, digital and commercial print houses can capture the fine details critical to indoor graphics while producing the dense, rich colours required for vivid, high-impact outdoor graphics.

High-quality imaging and Roland’s precision firing pattern make the XJ series ideal for indoor graphics including posters, POP displays and fine art reproductions. The XJ also excels at a wide variety of outdoor applications and supports a full range of coated and uncoated media from vinyl and banner to backlit film, canvas and a host of papers.

SolJet Pro III XC-540
Completing an impressive line up on the stand will be the Roland SolJet Pro III XC-540 digital printer/cutter. The XC-540 prints at a maximum of 1440dpi resolution and offers a print speed of 41 sq/m hr for high-volume production of billboards and large banners or 14 sq/mhr for indoor banners, the PRO III is the definitive wide-format printing system, engineered to deliver outstanding image quality and precision contour cutting.

Concluded James Hobday, head of sales, Roland DG, 'Our attendance at Digital Print World with PaperCo is the next step in the roll out of our ProPrint campaign, specifically designed to help commercial print companies take full advantage of the true benefits wide-format printing can offer their businesses. Our new wide-format printers, launched in September this year, have already generated considerable interest from both commercial and digital printers as they seek to take advantage of the new opportunities these versatile machines offer. We are looking forward to a successful Digital Print World and to driving our brand and products further into the market.'

Additional information can be found at: www.rolanddg.co.uk

© Graphic Repro On-line, 15 October 2007.

Agfa delivers its 2000th newspaper CTP system
Arkitex PowerWedge now included provides advanced digital calibration to CTP laser performance on all systems…

Agfa Graphics announced on the opening day of IfraExpo in Vienna, that it has sold its 2000th newspaper CTP system worldwide.

In addition, all Agfa CTP engines being sold today, including the Advantage and Polaris CTP families, will include Arkitex PowerWedge a new component created for Agfa's Arkitex workflow system. PowerWedge provides digital calibration to ensure proper laser quality during CTP production. Developed and patented by Agfa Graphics, PowerWedge has an optical system for analysing up to every plate used during a newspaper's production run.

Arkitex PowerWedge brings digital inspection and standardisation to laser quality for newspapers that use polymer CTP plates. PowerWedge is exposed on every plate using variable laser power. In conjunction with an optical system or the visual judgement of the operator, PowerWedge can help determine if any modifications or adjustments need to be made to the exposure laser being used with the CTP imaging system.

‘Before Arkitex PowerWedge, CTP operators had to do most of their laser checking and calibrating manually, which certainly did not save any time or money for the newspaper and did not always result in the best possible imaging quality. We developed and then patented PowerWedge to directly address that issue, and it has subsequently become one of the most important components of our Arkitex newspaper workflow solution,’ said Agfa Graphics' Andy Grant, worldwide newspaper segment manager. ‘PowerWedge can be placed on every production plate, assuring the fastest and most accurate digital calibration.’

All Agfa CTP devices shipped since mid-2006 are PowerWedge-enabled, and it is included in all new installations. The new system is also being used with Arkitex Afirma, Agfa's process control solution for newspaper production. When PowerWedge identifies a bad plate, Afirma can help operators specifically identify the problem. From that point it can easily be determined if an adjustment with the imaging laser or plate would solve the problem, or if additional remote diagnosis needs to be made.

Among Agfa Graphics' recent sales successes in the Far East include Utusan Melayu (Malaysia) Berhad, one of Malaysia's most prominent newspaper publishers and printers, who recently purchased four Polaris CTP systems and Arkitex workflow. The switch from film to CTP will help the publisher, responsible for two dailies and two weeklies with a combined circulation of more than one million, save production costs amounting to approximately $300,000 (US) annually. Also Jagati Publications, a newspaper publisher based in India, has purchased 11 Advantage systems from Agfa Graphics, half the number of systems sold in all of India thus far in 2007.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 15 October 2007.

Easy Delivery Paper and Fast Tearsheet for Arkitex
Agfa Graphics introduces new Arkitex workflow modules for e-Newspaper delivery and proof-of-publication tearsheets…

Agfa Graphics has developed two new Arkitex workflow system modules, Easy Delivery Paper and Fast Tearsheet. The new options, which can be added to all new and existing Arkitex workflow installations, are designed for online delivery both of electronic newspapers and electronic advertising tearsheets.

Easy Delivery Paper (or ED-paper) is a fully-automated, hands-free operation that delivers an exact match of the printed newspaper to readers via the Internet and standard Web browsers. Delivery is handled through Agfa's Arkitex workflow eliminating the need for additional steps. By maximising efficiencies and automation, ED-paper effectively cuts production costs while making it a faster, easier and a more reliable experience for newspaper personnel.

The second module, Fast Tearsheet, is an automated Arkitex workflow process that notifies and delivers electronic proof-of-publication tearsheets to advertisers and advertising agencies. The operation saves costs in production, material and shipping, and significantly reduces the amount of time it takes to view and approve ads.

‘These modules represent the next-generation approach to the various online requirements of newspapers today, including advertising approvals and consumer marketing, both of which Agfa recognises as a growing and important part of newspaper business around the world,’ said Agfa Graphics' Andy Grant, worldwide newspaper segment manager. ‘This new software uses technologies that provide features and benefits not available from alternative approaches.’

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Predictable corporate spot colours
Sun Chemical makes predictable, consistent brand colour management possible with SmartColour…

Now brand owners can predict how their corporate spot colours will reproduce on a wide variety of substrates, from brown corrugated to clear film to white polypropylene, with the SmartColour portfolio of colour management tools from Sun Chemical. On 10 October at the Packaging Development Forum in Amsterdam, Sun Chemical will conduct the first European demonstration of the SmartColour software system and announce limited sales release of the new solution.

SmartColour allows packaging developers to see real colour end results anywhere in their workflow, by displaying real ink colour on the chosen substrate and matching the desired colour with the ink that will deliver the brand colour on retailer shelves.

‘When packaging developers and printers miss the mark in attempting to match a brand's spot colour, the error may appear at the proofing stage - leading to multiple proofs and adjustments before the customer approves the job,’ said Patrice Aurenty, Sun Chemical Europe. ‘Such mistakes are not only expensive, but they also lead to delays in product release and order fulfilment, mounting up losses in sales.’

The SmartColour system lets brand owners, designers, prepress companies and converters organise, standardise, digitise and integrate brand colour management into their packaging and production workflow. The system brings together a combination of consulting support, customised brand colour standards, software and database systems, and online collaboration tools to create a user friendly and truly revolutionary approach to managing spot colours.

A key component of the system, SmartColour iVue, takes the guesswork out of matching the spot colour with the substrate on the computer monitor to get the exact colour brand owners require in the earliest design phase. Operating as an Adobe Photoshop plug-in, iVue relies upon the massive Sun Chemical colour database of real ink colours, on common packaging substrates printed by relevant printing processes allowing users to consider multiple alternatives to deliver a specified brand colour on one or more packaging materials.

More information about SmartColour is available at: www.SmartColour.com.

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Complete Colour specifies alcohol-free Heidelberg
The purchase of a Speedmaster SM 102-10 colour perfector at IGAS is also a win for the environment…

The purchase of a Speedmaster SM 102-10 colour perfector by Complete Colour at IGAS is not only a win for Heidelberg, but also for the environment.

Complete Colour's mandate is to be the ‘leading environmentally responsible printing company in Australia’ and the company's expanded plant in the Melbourne suburb of Cheltenham is designed to reduce the impact of print production on the environment.

Said Geoff Lawyer, general manager of Complete Colour, ‘The purchase of the SM102-10-P ‘is a natural progression for the company and complements our plant perfectly.’

The SM102-10-P has been specified as a fully alcohol-free press. Lawyer continued, ‘It will enable us to keep pace with the growth in demand we are experiencing from customers who are supportive of our environmental policies.’

The press is equipped with Washstar and Cleanstar devices. The Washstar device is connected to the Eco Clean solvent recycling system which minimises the volume of solvent used and the resultant residue and waste materials.

Heidelberg's own commitment to the environment and sustainability, for which the company has been awarded internationally, is clearly evident in the engineering of the SM102-10-P one of the most environmentally-friendly long perfector presses on the market.

Complete Colour has been a long time customer of Heidelberg and has recently upgraded its bindery with the installation of a ST350 stitching line and two fully automated TH82 folding machines. Prepress has also been enhanced with the addition of the Prinect Meta Dimension workflow.

Commented Alastair Hadley, general manager sales, Heidelberg Australia & New Zealand, ‘The sale to Complete Colour is indicative of an emerging trend for mid-sized companies to embrace the latest long-perfector technology, enabling them to compete with the larger end of town.

‘We are seeing more companies in this mid-range bracket adopting long-perfector technology. As the leading supplier in the long-perfector market in this region, Heidelberg is in a strong position to meet both the productivity objectives and the environmental concerns of our customers and we anticipate an increase in the number of printers adopting more green practices without forsaking productivity and profits in the future.’

Pictured above: (from the left) Andy Vels Jensen, MD Heidelberg Australia/New Zealand; Alastair Hadley, GM Sales Heidelberg Australia/New Zealand; Geoff Lawyer, GM Complete Colour; Dr. Jurgen Rautert, Heidelberg board member and CTO.

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Italian newspaper invests in Goss Universal 75
Societa Tipografica Siciliana has ordered a Goss Universal 75 to increase overall print and colour capacity…

Societa Tipografica Siciliana SpA (STS) has ordered a Goss Universal 75 press to increase overall print and colour capacity at its printing house in Catania, Sicily, Italy. This latest order brings to nine, the number of Goss Universal 75 press orders taken in Italy in the last 12 months.

Scheduled for installation this summer, the press has been ordered with a 600mm cut off and will be configured with four four-high towers, a 2:3:3 jaw folder and four reelstands, which will be installed at 90 degrees to the press to make best use of available space at the site.

Mr. Alonzo, plant manager at STS commented, 'We chose the Goss Universal 75 press because we are impressed with the design. By allowing the reelstands to be placed at 90 degrees little space is occupied on the floor and we can be open to future opportunities for press extensions.'

Printing 150,000 copies per day, the Goss Universal 75 will have a maximum capacity of 64 full-colour tabloid pages running in collect mode once the installation is complete.

Alonzo continued, 'We currently operate two Goss Community SSC presses and we have been very happy with the after-sales support. This reinforced our decision to select a Goss press for our latest investment. We are confident that our positive experience with Goss International will continue with our new Universal press.'

STS was founded in 1983 and, employing approximately 60 people, prints local editions of national dailies including Milano Finanza, Libero, Libero Mercato, Manifesto, Europa, Il Giornale, Italia Oggi, l’Unità, Il Corriere della Sera, La Gazzetta dello Sport and many more.

Jennifer N’Guyen, Goss International sales manager for Southern Europe concluded, 'This order confirms the popularity of the Universal 75 press which has been gained by the press’ high productivity, flexibility and reliability. The press of choice for many publishers, its reputation for production flexibility, as well as very high output makes it the ideal solution for Italy’s demanding publishing market.'

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APN Yandina's shining future with QuadTech
The new QuadTech equipment has been installed on APN Print’s MAN Roland Regioman and Uniset presses…

APN Print Yandina, part of APN News and Media, based in Yandina, on Australia's Sunshine Coast, has already seen the benefits of purchasing a QuadTech Register Guidance System with MultiCam and a QuadTech Color Control System. The company states the products have increased start-ups and reduced waste, resulting in greater productivity over the last ten months.

Yandina opened in October 2006 as a result of an amalgamation between two existing plants, with the aim to modernise and extend its facilities and increase productivity and efficiency. The new QuadTech equipment is seen as an integral part of this upgrade and has been installed on its MAN Roland Regioman and Uniset presses.

Greg Carson, general manager, APN Yandina commented, ‘The Register Guidance System provides our press operators with greater overall control of the job in hand, allowing them to concentrate on other aspects of the printing process. The MultiCam camera has more than proved its worth and stays locked onto marks during tension upsets such as start-ups and splices, automatically making adjustments at full press speeds.’

The Register Guidance System and Color Control System were part of a recommended package from MAN Roland, but Yandina researched the products by asking existing users for feedback prior to the purchase. According to the company the technology has proved to be a welcome addition to the plant.

‘The intention of investing in these purchases was to improve printing quality and streamline our printing process. The Color Control System has reduced makeready times. Originally, all the fountains on the press would have been adjusted by hand, but now the system automatically calculates and adjusts the fountains at the same time. This is a much more efficient process.’ Carson added.

Australia has seen massive changes to its newspaper industry that began in 1803 with its first publication: The Sydney Gazette & New South Wales Advertiser, originally encompassing topics, from agricultural notices and shipping news to crime reports.

Over the last decade, Australia's newspaper industry has reflected the worldwide market requirements for high quality colour. Greater emphasis is being placed on newspapers to introduce full-colour glossy magazines, with topics these days more likely to attract advertising revenue such as cooking and travel.

APN Yandina is based some 80 miles from Brisbane, publishing 24 daily newspapers such as The Sunshine Coast Daily, which is Australia's fastest growing newspaper. Other notable daily publications it prints are The Gympie Times and Queensland Times. The high-tech facility is capable of printing 75,000 tabloid copies per hour and runs 24 hours a day.

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